[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Keith J. Schultz keithjschultz at web.de
Wed Aug 1 17:54:25 CEST 2012

Hi Zdenek,

Do you know what a script is? XeTeX uses scripts! The the choice of a glyph
is governed by a script.! Depending of the Font this is embedded into the Font
itself or at least should be. Polyglossia offers another way of scripting.

That it why I emphasize the port of Polyglossia to LuaTeX.
Then Devagari would work for LuaTeX.

The Developers of LuaTeX have stated openly that the personnally have no
need for scripting and thereby given a very low-priority.


Am 01.08.2012 um 15:54 schrieb Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>:
[snip, snip]
> 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?

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