[XeTeX] Letterly fonts

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 5 15:29:00 CEST 2013

Hi all,


> Well my dream would be people from India, China or Korea, after
> visiting http://letterly.com/ can create a letter PDF using Xetex in
> their own script.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_(message)

Mmmm. An interesting endeavour, but why? There are as many "templates for formal letters" as there are cultures on the planet. Why try to put them all into the same pattern? To give you an example, the Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium share a language, but the "rules for official letters" are distinctly different.

> Tbh from my strand point I would like to mix a lot of esoteric glyphs
> in one letter, just for fun.

Use code2000 font and you will be more than happy.

> Trouble is I don't think Xetex allows you to use multiple fonts at one
> time very easily at all and that would be necessary.

Depends on what you want. Under normal circumstances one requires only one font throughout a document. If you are working on translations or critical editions, you may be dealing with two, three scripts and two, three fonts. Fontspec allows you to make simple commands to switch between these languages. In the (pathological) case that you want 50+ scripts and fonts in one document, I would say that Xe(La)TeX is simply not the best tool for the job.


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