[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Sat Aug 4 03:25:12 CEST 2012

On 07/30/2012 05:53 PM, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 08:27:46PM -0400, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
>> On 07/30/2012 08:23 PM, Khaled Hosny wrote:
>>> Does this mean HarfBuzz will support AAT fonts (even if only on Mac
>>> through CoreText)? Because if not, we will still need to port XeTeX from
>>> ATSUI to CoreText (as that is deprecated API being referred to) and no
>>> body who knows how to do this seems interested.
>> The CoreText backend in HarfBuzz does that indeed.
> I've been under the impression that Uniscribe and CoreText backends were
> merely for testing, but if they are indented for production use that
> would help simplifying things greatly.

There's little point in using the Uniscribe backend in production.  CoreText
is different.  Until we have an implementation of AAT, it makes perfect sense
to make HarfBuzz call into CoreText if AAT rendering deems to be desirable.
Same about Graphite.


> Regards,
>  Khaled

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