[XeTeX] New feature REQUEST for xetex

Andrew Cunningham lang.support at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 06:15:33 CET 2016

On 23 February 2016 at 14:58, ShreeDevi Kumar <shreeshrii at gmail.com> wrote:

>> It is not only the problem of copy&paste, you will not be able to use
> the search dialog in Acrobat. For instance, you will not be able to find
> किताब.
> Yes, you are right. Search does not work for unicode fonts for complex
> scripts in the current pdfs.
> Hence the request ...
It isn't an XeTeX/XeLaTeX issue ... it is an inherent limitation of the PDF
file format.

The best XeTeX could do .. is type to:

1) provide ways of controlling the subsetting or not of fonts and allow
editing or customisation of ToUnicode mappings on one hand; and

2) add some tagging algorithms and add ActualText attributes

But this isn't going to get you very far without creating a whole
information ecosystem for the PDFs.

Alternatively, it could add support for an alternative format to PDFs that
doesn't suffer the same problems as PDF documents.


Andrew Cunningham
lang.support at gmail.com
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