[XeTeX] XeTeX documentation? (from "Checking if a font exists")

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 31 01:41:15 CEST 2010

Come on, let's not get mad at each other. Avi's remark is both good-witted and true, and that last aspect makes it somewhat painful :-))

Indeed, the open source architecture should make it possible for non-developers to write a manual of the same quality, because you can access the source code at will. And let's not forget that there are some remarkably good manuals, for instance the memoir documentation, and the documentation of PGF/TikZ. I agree that it would be better if a developer (or developing team) releases a proper manual. But indeed the open source model is such that __anybody__ can write a manual if you really want to.


Yeah, thanks... slightly counter-productive answer, potentially
preventing others from adding a useful answer to the question by
considering it wrapped up with a witty remark. This is not a simple
open source project, it's a project centered around a typesetting
engine. If there's no documentation for a documentation system, all
hope is already lost ;)

I found the
XeTeX Companion: TeX meets Opentype and Unicode, currently
under construction by Michel Goossens [1], but XeTeX has been around
since 2004. I find it hard to believe that his work is the first
atttempt at documenting XeTeX, so I'm going to go with not believing it
and asking the key players in XeTeX development where documentation can
be found.

- Mike

[1] http://xml.web.cern.ch/XML/lgc2/xetexmain.pdf

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