[XeTeX] Is the apprentice's incompetence?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Fri Apr 17 18:29:47 CEST 2009

Am 17.04.2009 um 17:33 schrieb Andres Conrado Montoya:

> I am a very junior newbie in the TeX/LaTeX/XeTeX world

XeTeX is TeX. Plus a few things like text encoding in UTF-8 and  
particularly the ability to use your system's fonts directly. There  
isn't much documentation, 'texdoc XeTeX-notes' (omit the notes on  
xdv2pdf) and 'texdoc XeTeX-reference' will show you all.

LaTeX is a customised and humanised TeX. It introduces some  
restrictions, and it also offers much ready to use stuff  
("packages"). XeLaTeX is LaTeX with the XeTeX additions. And  
particularly the fontspec package ('texdoc fontspec' on the command  

IMO learning LaTeX is sufficient. The LaTeX packages geometry,  
xcolor, graphicx, hyperref should provide quite everything. For  
hyphenation babel or polyglossia are useful. The book “The LaTeX  
Companion” is not bad.

Are you going to design the books' covers or their contents? XeLaTeX  
is perfectly suited for the covers. If the contents contains too much  
maths you would have to make some compromises. Maybe better results  
can be achieved with ConTeXt and XeTeX ...



They're putting dimes in the hole in my head to see the change in me.

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