[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 16:59:55 CEST 2012

2012/8/1 Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>:
> Am Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:54:37 +0200 schrieb Zdenek Wagner:
>> 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?
> I didn't say that "a change is needed", only that the complexity of
> some scripts are part of the problem: complex scripts means complex
> code and people who write, test, maintain, extend this code. And
> such people are not always available like now in the case of luatex.
That's exactly what I wrote (in slightly different words) at the very
beginning of the discussion.
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> Ulrike Fischer
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