[XeTeX] xetex vs. pages

Stefano Franchi s.franchi at auckland.ac.nz
Fri Nov 18 17:19:49 CET 2005

On Nov 18, 2005, at 5:54 AM, Robert Voogdgeert wrote:

>> On 17/11/2005, at 10am, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> One more thing ---
>>> XeTeX (and TeX in general) will break your paragraphs into
>>> beautiful lines while Pages will always look much uglier. The only
>>> piece of software that seems to come even close to TeX's ability to
>>> make beautiful typography is InDesign which, I believe, has lifted
>>> at least some of TeX's algorithms.
>> Actually, InDesign arguably is *more* capable than TeX, since it
>> features optical kerning (that is, on-the-fly kerning between any
>> arbitrary characters). This would be something worth investigating
>> for XeTeX if anyone is looking for a research project :)
>> Will
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> Actually, ID is not only more capable than TeX with regard to optical
> kerning (which is with good OTF less preferable than metrics kerning by
> the way) it also has optical margin alignment on both the left and 
> right
> margin. Moreover it the margin alignment is aware of the writing
> direction of the language, l2r or r2l. That is, the Middle Eastern
> Version is.

Slightl off-topic, but just for the sake of clarifying the  TeX/vs. 
other typesetting programs comparison:

  isn't pdfTeX (with the microtype package) capable of the same 
microtypographic adjustments attributed to InDesign? I have no 
experience with the latter, but from the brief description above it 
seems like they are both covering the same ground. Or is 'metrical 
kerning' different?



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