[XeTeX] XeTeX 0.994 for Mac OS X

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Jun 6 18:10:41 CEST 2006

There's a new version of XeTeX available for Mac OS X -- see <http:// 

Version 0.994 fixes a couple of bugs that had showed up, and also  
includes several new features: highlights include

- pdfTeX-style \pdfpageheight and \pdfpagewidth parameters to control  
page size

- \pdfsavepos and \pdflast[xy]pos commands for position-dependent PDF  

- \XeTeXfonttype\f returns an integer indicating what type of font \f is

- the \font command allows you to adjust the tracking/letterspacing  
of the font

Simple example:
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%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
%!TEX TS-program = xetex

\def\txt{The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.\par}

   \font\X="#1:letterspace=-2.0" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=-1.0" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=-0.5" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=0.5" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=1.0" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=2.0" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=4.0" at 10pt \X \txt
   \font\X="#1:letterspace=6.0" at 10pt \X \txt

\tryfont{Hoefler Text}
\tryfont{Hoefler Text:Letter Case=Small Caps}
\tryfont{Hoefler Text:Letter Case=All Capitals}

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More details to come, if the XeTeX Reference Manual ever gets  
written..... ;-)


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