[XeTeX] potential new feature: \XeTeXgenerateactualtext

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 17:24:35 CET 2016

On 25/2/16 05:11, ShreeDevi Kumar wrote:
> Jonathan,
> This is a really useful feature and I look forward to using it once it
> is released in TLY2016.
> Since how well the search and copy paste features work could also be
> font dependent, I would like to test some more PDFs in unicode
> devanagari created by this new feature using other fonts. I usually use
> Siddhanta and Sanskrit2003 font.

Search and copy/paste behave in highly font-dependent ways for 
applications that do NOT support ActualText (or for PDFs that do not 
include it), but for applications that support the ActualText feature, 
this should be independent of the font being used.

If you'd like to try it with the Siddhanta and Sanskrit2003 (or other) 
fonts using Akira's builds, and confirm whether it works for you, that 
would be great. I'd like to merge the code to the xetex master branch in 
the next day or two, if no-one reports problems with it.

(To solve the "xelatex.fmt doesn't match xetex.pool" problem, rebuild 
the xetex formats with fmtutil, as Zdeněk indicated. Or just delete the 
old xelatex.fmt file, and I expect it should be re-created as needed on 
the next run.)


> I would appreciate if you or other members who have this feature
> installed can provide a few more sample PDFs in devanagari  for testing.
> Thanks!
> - sent from my phone. excuse the brevity.

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