[XeTeX] CJK goodies in XeLaTeX

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu Jan 10 17:19:35 CET 2008

On 10 Jan 2008, at 3:52 pm, Wilfred van Rooijen wrote:
> I am looking for a free,
> OpenType Japanese font for use on linux + xetex (I
> have been able to find many TrueType Japanese fonts,
> but no otf yet).

Note that an "OpenType" font may have either TrueType (quadratic  
bezier) or CFF (cubic) glyph outlines; if it has TT outlines, it may  
have either the .ttf or .otf extension. OpenType/CFF fonts are  
always .otf, I believe.

The type of glyph outlines, and the file extension, is *independent*  
of the question of whether the font includes OpenType Layout  
features, such as 'vert' and 'vrt2' for CJK vertical typesetting.

You have to use some kind of font information utility (maybe otfinfo)  
to find out what layout features the font supports; you can't tell  
that from the file type. There are .ttf fonts out there with OpenType  
Layout support (as well as ones without it, of course).


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