[XeTeX] Xdv2pdf: usage of old TFM fonts?

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Aug 2 21:23:17 CEST 2006

On 2 Aug 2006, at 2:32 pm, Toralf Senger wrote:

> Danke :))
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xetex-bounces at tug.org on behalf of Peter Dyballa
> Sent: Wed 8/2/2006 7:09 PM
> To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Xdv2pdf: usage of old TFM fonts?
> Am 02.08.2006 um 17:21 schrieb Toralf Senger:
>> So I will try to figure out how to complile xdvipdfmx to work with
>> XeTeX on a MAC
> You'll need some prerequisites:
>   . libpaper (to be able to switch to ISO paper formats), http://
> packages.debian.org/unstable/source/libpaper
>   . FreeType2 - FreeType2-2.2.1 is getting ripe, but you can use
> what's inside the XeTeX sources
>   . fontconfig (in Apple's X11User.pkg, or http://www.fontconfig.org,
> but then you'll need also libexpat because of XML support, in Apple's
> X11User.pkg or http://expat.sourceforge.net)
>   . standard libraries like png, kpathsea (zlib is in Mac OS X)
>   . I think Apple's X11SDK.pkg is also needed in order to find the C
> header files

Actually, xdvipdfmx builds on OS X *without* libfontconfig or X11; it  
uses Mac OS X services instead. Libfontconfig and X11 are only needed  
on non-Mac platforms.

It also doesn't require libpaper, though there might be benefits to  
including it--I haven't looked into this. I suspect there's little  
need in many cases; if you use a LaTeX package such as geometry.sty  
to set the paper size, it'll be passed to xdvipdfmx as absolute  
dimensions, so the driver doesn't need to know standard sizes/names/etc.


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