[XeTeX] XeLaTeX and math --- a structural design query

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 18 06:58:35 CEST 2009

If there are no pressing reasons to use the extended font capabilities of xelatex, I would suggest sticking with latex. Two reasons come to mind:

- there are some special packages which provide mathematical symbols, and I don't know if all these are compatible with xelatex. I expect they are, but without proper testing it's difficult to tell

- some users may have an old tex distribution with a potentially outdated version of xelatex on it, if at all. That would create a problem if the templates do rely on xelatex specifics.

Wilfred van Rooijen

--- On Thu, 18/6/09, Nicolas Vaughan <nivaca at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Nicolas Vaughan <nivaca at gmail.com>
> Subject: [XeTeX] XeLaTeX and math --- a structural design query
> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Thursday, 18 June, 2009, 12:34 PM
> Hello,
> I have been commissioned by a university to design a
> collection of monographs on mathematics. I should be
> providing a class file, a user manual and a typeset
> example.
> At the outset, I decided to work in XeLaTeX, since this is
> the system I have been working with lately, and with which I
> feel quite comfortable.
> However, some folks have told me that, since I know not
> what the precise content of the monographs will be (apart
> from the usual LaTeX packages and AMS commands and
> environments), there is a risk there might be a clash
> between XeLaTeX and the content (e.g., with commutative
> diagrams, perhaps?).
> What do you suggest? Should I stick to plain old LaTeX, or
> should I go all the way through with XeLaTeX?
> Thanks for any ideas.
> Cheers!
> Nicolas Vaughan

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