[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 15:54:37 CEST 2012

2012/8/1 Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>:
> Am Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:58:31 +0100 schrieb Philip TAYLOR:
>>> Well you only confirm my impression: That quite a lot of scripts
>>> never felt the pressure put on us by the movable type printing.
>> Is that not good ?  Would Chinese calligraphy look anywhere near
>> as beautiful if its glyph forms had been forcibly coerced into
>> meeting the constraints imposed by movable type printing ?
> Sure, but people who not only want to look at glyphs and admire
> their beauty but also use them to communicate through print,
> websites, mail, twitter, sms ... musst accept that technical
> restrictions and problems musst be taken into accout too.
> Scripts have always been shaped by the material (you only need to
> look at Cuneiform). And when you switch the material and tool used
> to write e.g. from clay to paper or to computer this will always
> have an impact back on the script.
LuaTeX can be considered a flavour of TeX thus if XeTeX can load a
font and use the glyphs as they are now and compose them to form a
word, I do not understand why a change in the script is needed. LuaTeX
is not able to form a word from Devanagari glyphs. MS Office,
OpenOffice, modern web browser can do it, so why should we discard the
very basics of Indic orthography a create the new one just because
nobody has implemented the Indic scripts in lua so far? And discard
all Indic fonts and create new ones that will suit the new

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Zdeněk Wagner

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