[XeTeX] potential new feature: \XeTeXgenerateactualtext

ShreeDevi Kumar shreeshrii at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 03:41:49 CET 2016

Some more feedback regarding devanagari pdf with Actualtext

>>>> On a mac this worked with the PDF Expert app, but not with the default
Finder app (the later works with simple text such as “atha”, but not when a
letter combined with any other vowel or consonant such as “ruu” or “sva”.


I am hoping that once the XeTeXgenerateactualtext feature is implemented,
it would lead to more pdf apps supporting actualtext.

- sent from my phone. excuse the brevity.
On 27-Feb-2016 9:55 pm, "Jonathan Kew" <jfkthame at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.)
> JK
>> 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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