[XeTeX] xetex vs. pages
smurman at segosha.net
Wed Nov 16 17:27:26 CET 2005
I'd like to get opinions on xetex and pages, as both seem to fit in
the same niche (unicode, mac-specific). here's some thoughts just
to get things started. i maybe misunderstanding some things, but
that's kinda the point of asking questions, neh? i'm looking
slightly forward w/ pages here, assuming that iwork '06 has
improvements, some some of spreadsheet, etc.
- xetex is compiled, pages is interpreted on-the-fly (c vs. perl).
- xetex source files can easily be ported to other platforms by
disabling the xetex-specific commands. currently, pages must port
through a 3rd-party app, such as MS Word, however may be able to
retain the unicode fonts (never tried myself). pages->rtf->latex is
possible, but frightening.
- pages is gui-driven, and allows easy placement of floats, etc., but
still lacks some basic functionality such as tracking references,
indexes, etc. xetex inherits a long legacy of latex code, but will
never be a mature page layout tool.
- math in xetex is flexible and efficient for users familiar with the
syntax. this should continue into the future as unicode, XML, and
math evolve. equations in pages are currently painful at best, and
may never move beyond the inefficient gui-driven, drag-drop interface
that seems standard (framemaker, word, etc.)
- pages is built directly into the os x framework, so moving data
between email, spreadsheet, report will be seamless. xetex for the
most part is stand-alone.
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