# [XeTeX] Coming to a CTAN near you...

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 7 16:24:01 CEST 2006

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce an updated version of fontspec and a totally
new package, 'xelatex', which should have propagated their way to
CTAN within the next day or so.

The new version of fontspec:
- Now typesets Lucida maths correctly! Sorry to those bitten by
this bug (which was fixed in the silent 1.9a release)
- Fixes the bug of defining LaTeX NFSS family names with spaces in
them.
- Has new feature 'LetterSpace' to correspond with the new feature
in XeTeX.
- Will work better with babel for Latin and Cyrillic documents (no
need now to manually set the encoding to 'U' before the beginning of
the document).
- Is now aware of the lucimatx package if you're using PCTeX's
Lucida fonts macro package (highly recommended over lucidabr if you
already own the fonts). However, I did this in a rush so there's a
chance I overlooked something simple here.

I think that's all...it's a fairly minor release.

And now, the xelatex package:
- Provides an undocumented (damn!) \XeTeX command to typeset the logo.
- Redefines \textsuperscript and \textsubscript to use the correct
font glyphs if they are available through an AAT/OpenType font
- Loads the fixltx2e package to obtain correct unicode footnote
symbols.
- Redefines \- so that it will work as expected if the hyphenation
character is changed (e.g., with fontspec).
- Provides a \vfrac{}{} command for typesetting "vulgar fractions"
-- it's a good example of how to use fontspec to define your own
commands that need rich font support.
- Loads the etex package simply because it can.

Feedback and criticism are greatly welcomed, as always.

Cheers,

Will