xunicode expansion problem (was Re: [XeTeX] Hyphenation of "--" with tex-text mapping on)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Nov 27 14:08:19 CET 2005

Le 26 nov. 05 à 13:14, Bruno Voisin a écrit :

> Thus the problem must be specific to my document, and a consequence  
> of the many redefinitions I made in the preamble, or a bad  
> interaction of packages.
> I'll look for a reduction to identify what's causing the problem.  
> I'm not sure, though, that I'll be able to do that this week-end.  
> Here's, otherwise, the document itself, with graphics inclusion  
> commented out.

Finally it turns out I had made an extremely silly mistake: I  
measured the chapter, section etc. number width, through:

\settowidth{\chapnowd}{\normalfont\normalsize\bfseries A.9 \textendash 
\ }
\settowidth{\sectnowd}{\normalfont\normalsize A.9.9 \textendash\ }
\renewcommand*{\l at section}{\@dottedtocline{1}{\sectnoid}{\sectnowd}}

before setting the font and the tex-text mapping through:

\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Optima Regular}

Thus, not only the Optima font wasn't selected at the time the width  
was measured, but also the translation of -- into a Unicode endash  
wasn't selected as well. Which explains the difference between the  
outputs when either -- or \textendash was used. Of course  
xunicode.sty was in no way the culprit here.

I should have thought more carefully, or used \AtBeginDocument 
{\settowidth[...]}, certainly.

I'm sorry for this mistake. I just hope I didn't waste too much of  
your time!


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