[XeTeX] [Pgf-users] xelatex doesn't support 'patterns'

milksea milksea at 163.com
Sun May 22 04:35:51 CEST 2011

However, dvipdfmx (not dvipdfm) has no such restrictions. The author of dvipdfmx Jin-Hwan Cho wrote a proper pgfsys-dvipdfmx.def to support many features.
XeTeX uses xdvipdfmx, it is based on dvipdfmx. But there're still some differences. I tried to use


compiled with XeTeX, but there're still some errors. We need a new pgfsys-xetex.def to support patterns, fading, etc.

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Subject: Re: [Pgf-users] [XeTeX] xelatex doesn't support 'patterns'

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 21:52, narke wrote:
> Hi,
> If using xelatex, 'patterns' will not get draw.
> Attached is a minimal example.  Does anyone know that?  I also found 
> the similar problem with 'shadings'.

This is a documented limitation. See "10.2 Supported Output Formats"
in pgfmanual.pdf (texdoc tikz):

File pgfsys-dvipdfm.def This is a driver file for use with (la)tex followed by dvipdfm. It includes pgfsys-common-pdf.def. This driver supports most of pgf’s features, but there are some restrictions:
1. In LATEX mode it uses graphicx for the graphics inclusion and does not support masking.
4. Patterns are not (cannot) be supported.
5. Functional shadings are not (cannot) be supported.


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