[XeTeX] misplaced accents in printout only?

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 23:59:43 CET 2016

*Use real Adobe Acrobat*

Unfortunately, Phil, Adobe ceased supporting Adobe Acrobat on the Linux
platform some years ago.  :-(  I think 2013 was their last update. Ver.
9.5.5.  Anyhow, I tracked down
<ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/> and installed a
copy of that.  The errant page printed *correctly*!

I double-checked printing the self-same PDF file using the native PDF
handlers Okular, qpdfview and Evince, and the output is *corrupted* in each

* Use a different font*

I've just replaced the fontsspec call to {CMU Serif Italic} with a call to
{TeX Gyre Pagella}, which I use often with success and pleasure, and now
the printout is *correct* in all cases.

*Input normalization*

I left {CMU Serif Italic} as the document font, and added
\XeTeXinputnormalization=1 to the preamble

This also produced PDF that printed *correctly* in all cases.  This is
obviously the least fiddly solution.

Thanks to all of you for puzzling about this!  I'm still unhappy with the
nature of the problem, which seems to lie where the font and the postscript
printer driver touch.   But at least there are some satisfactory

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