[XeTeX] a note from the XeTeX author

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu Jul 3 13:31:08 CEST 2008

To the XeTeX user community:

This note is to let you know that for personal reasons, I have  
submitted my resignation to SIL, where I have worked for a number of  
years and where XeTeX development has been hosted. I remain  
interested in and supportive of SIL's work with and for many  
communities around the world, but with effect from the end of July, I  
will no longer be working as a member of the organization.

I intend to continue working on XeTeX, which has always been driven  
primarily by my own vision and interests, rather than initiated or  
managed by SIL, and on other projects and activities in the TeX  
world. So this should not have a major impact on development except  
for occasional spells of distraction as I make various transitions  
over the coming months. And I expect SIL will continue hosting the  
XeTeX subversion repository on scripts.sil.org, at least for the time  

As I move on from SIL, I will of course need to find other ways to  
earn a living. It's possible that someone among the XeTeX community  
knows the perfect role for me... if so, I'd appreciate hearing of it!  
You all know something of my interests and experience: TeX-related  
software development, typesetting (with an emphasis on "unusual"  
fonts and scripts; that's why XeTeX exists), OpenType and AAT font  
engineering, etc. In the immediate future, I hope to work on a couple  
of freelance projects in the font development and typesetting fields,  
but would also consider a longer-term position if the right  
opportunity comes along.

I hope list members will excuse me for posting this personal,  
somewhat off-topic note. Feel free to ignore it, of course, but if  
anyone has responses or comments for me I'd be glad to hear them. Off- 
list replies (directly to me) are fine; let's not clutter everyone's  

Thanks for being such a great community of users and contributors. I  
look forward to continuing participation in this group for a long  
time to come.


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