[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Yves Codet yves.codet at sfr.fr
Wed Aug 1 16:30:40 CEST 2012


Around here there are some Indian people whose language uses Devanagari (but there would be similar issues with other scripts), and some Sanskrit and Hindi scholars as well. I wonder how many would accept to read what is below (produced by LuaLaTeX), instead of किमिति.

Best wishes,

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: PastedGraphic-1.pdf
Type: application/pdf
Size: 5671 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://tug.org/pipermail/xetex/attachments/20120801/93309fef/attachment-0001.pdf>
-------------- next part --------------

Le 1 août 2012 à 15:54, Zdenek Wagner a écrit :

> 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
> orthography?
>> --
>> Ulrike Fischer
>> http://www.troubleshooting-tex.de/
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> Subscriptions, Archive, and List information, etc.:
>>  http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex
> -- 
> Zdeněk Wagner
> http://hroch486.icpf.cas.cz/wagner/
> http://icebearsoft.euweb.cz
> --------------------------------------------------
> Subscriptions, Archive, and List information, etc.:
>  http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex

More information about the XeTeX mailing list