[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 19:12:35 CEST 2012

2012/8/6 Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>:
> Am Sat, 4 Aug 2012 09:38:44 +0200 schrieb Paul Isambert:
>>> But there are also political issues: LuaTeX is developed by a
>>> team focusing on ConTeXt. LaTeX users will always be neglected,
>>> at least that is the feeling I have (Taco is very kind and
>>> helpful but he is paid for a specific task, and LaTeX is not
>>> part of it).
>> I thought somebody would answer to that but nobody did, so (sorry to add
>> to this already too long thread, all the more as I won't even mention
>> XeTeX):
>> Two members of the ``core'' LuaTeX team (Taco and Hans) are indeed two
>> main ConTeXt developers (and even original author, in Hans's case), but
>> I don't think you can say LuaTeX development focuses on ConTeXt (plus
>> Hartmut, the third member, is a LaTeX user, as far as I know). I'd
>> rather say that at most LuaTeX development may be driven by the needs
>> of ConTeXt developers, but that doesn't mean it benefits only to ConTeXt;
>> also, given ConTeXt's high standards, I think it's only for the best.
>> And the specific task Taco is paid for does not include LaTeX, but it
>> does not include ConTeXt either.
> Well if you look only at the actual binary then yes your are right:
> it is not focused on context. But the handling of fonts is a core
> feature of a typesetting system. No user of a typesetting system
> would consider it to be complete if it can't handle standard fonts.
> So even if in luatex the font loader (including all the code needed
> to generate caches) is in external lua-files, it should nevertheless
> be considered to be part of "the luatex binary". It shouldn't
> delegate font handling to the formats.
The fontspec package is already available in lualatex.
> --
> Ulrike Fischer
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Zdeněk Wagner

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