# [XeTeX] Running xelatex on the examples in XeTeX_doc.zip

Fr. Michael Gilmary FrMichaelGilmary at MaroniteMonks.org
Tue Sep 1 23:45:22 CEST 2009

```Ravi Parimi wrote:

> Yes, that helps a lot. I'm wasn't sure if I should be using xelatex or
> xetex to process the .tex files under Samples/ (extracted from
> XeTeX_doc.zip). Can I assume the xetex command to be equivalent to the
> latex command, and xelatex equivalent to pdflatex? The difference I'm
> seeing here is that the format/syntax of files fed to these commands
> is different, whereas this isn't true while dealing with latex.
>
> thanks again!
>

No, actually XeTeX would be the expanded use of plain TeX, whereas
XeLaTeX would correspond to LaTeX. The difference is that with Xe(La)TeX
you have the expanded use of fonts --- and probably a whole lot more I
don't know about. Some of the "syntax" of the source files you've been
looking at are unique to .dtx files used by class/package writers. Take

\documentclass[9pt,statementpaper]{memoir}
\usepackage[no-math]{fontspec}
\usepackage{xltxtra}
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setdefaultlanguage[variant=us]{english}

\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}

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then set whatever font you'd like to use, etc. That should make things a
little less complicated.

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