[XeTeX] Font corruption (?) problem

Karljurgen Feuerherm kfeuerherm at wlu.ca
Mon Nov 8 21:29:26 CET 2010

Hi again,

With respect to the problem you mentioned to me... I was speaking with the colleague who put me on to Linux Libertine in the first place; he thinks it may have to do with the fact that the ligatures are stored in the PUA, and that consequently if another font is applied one might get the characters reinterpreted with whatever other glyphs are in there.

I don't know whether that is likely to be the case or not, but it's a thought for you to pursue if you wish.



>>> On Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at  3:49 PM, in message
<6CC89569-309D-4C81-9143-E1C324001BE7 at mq.edu.au>, Ross Moore
<ross.moore at mq.edu.au> wrote: 
> Hello Karljurgen,
> Sent from my iPad
> On 07/11/2010, at 2:51 AM, "Karljurgen Feuerherm" <kfeuerherm at wlu.ca> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have a peculiar problem that's driving me crazy.
>> I'm using a MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard and MacTex, installed a few
>> months back.
>> I have a XeTeX source file (see below) which compiled fine, and
>> produced a nice PDF. I then copied four lines from the PDF and pasted
>> them into MS Word so I could run a character count.
> Why use Word for the character count?
> In a terminal, the wc command will do this, returning the number of lines, 
> words and characters.
> E.g.  wc myfile.tex  will give these numbers.
> Or if your sources have lots of TeX macros, then copy from the PDF and paste 
> into a TextEdit document, or into any text editor application and save as 
> text.
> Then run wc on that. 
> Just keep clear of Word, when you don't really need it.
>> Word told me there
>> was a problem (Bad Font) with the font (Linux Libertine O) and that it
>> would try to disable the font.
>> Thanks
> Thank you for sharing this experience.
> By the way, if Libertine is your font, and you are extracting text from 
> PDFs, would you please check a problem that someone else reported recently. 
> This was concerning ligatures not copying correctly; the ff fi fl ffl ffi 
> ligatures would not paste as the separate letters, from Acrobat Reader as the 
> PDF browser, but as capitals U, V, ... according to their glyph position in 
> the Type1 font. This was using dvips+gs and the libertine.sty package, rather 
> than XeTeX, but it would be good to have evidence that it works fine using 
> other methods. 
>> K
> Hope this helps,
>           Ross
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