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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] AUCTeX and Mac OS X

From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] AUCTeX and Mac OS X
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 11:02:54 +0200

Am 30.06.2005 um 10:19 schrieb David Kastrup:

Peter Dyballa <address@hidden> writes:

Mac OS X (not Darwin) offers a special font technology to allow
XeTeX (
site_id=nrsi&item_id=XeTeX&). What about adding to the Command menu
a XeTeX/XeLaTeX option when on Mac OS X? Depending on the type of
source file either XeTeX or XeLaTeX is displayed in the Command menu
and the corresponding programme is invoked to tex the buffer? With
the first e being ɘ, the LATIN SMALL LETTER REVERSED E at U+0258?

Since this appears to be an entirely different TeX distribution, a
separate file with predefinitions for TeX and LaTeX (similar to what
miktel.el and fptex.el provide), would seem like the saner course of

No, XeTeX is an add-on to any TeX that runs on Mac OS X (because of the font technology, but there seems to be something coming for the Windows or Linux world, a font renderer, that would allow similiar performance on other platforms, besides that Apple is migrating to intel). It depends on all the style and class files and just has a few extra files that help in choosing and using the text font and its more advanced features (different shapes of the same character, use of old style figures and ligatures, other font variants ...). It does not produce DVI. It's UTF-8 based.

It does not appear likely that people would use XeTeX and other TeX's
in tandem, right?  It is more like an either/or thing, and so there
does not appear to be much merit to have two menu entries of which one
will never get used.

That's not right: XeTeX has big, big problems with math. It's quite useless in that area. So if you have to provide a text with many formulas in it you have to 'return' to usual TeX.

XeTeX/XeLaTeX are really good when setting a text in a non-Latin or an old and now historic script, completely or partly, mixing left-to-right with right-to-left (could be that recent Emacsen might fail to keep pace, but this might become an interesting test case for GNU Emacs 23). And its support mustn't be as much as in tex-fptex.el: the output is always PDF and you have only one binary, xetex, and symlinks pointing to it (xelatex, xeinitex, xevirtex). The production works in two steps by the the help of xdv2pdf. It is completely transparent since it's xetex that spawns xdv2pdf, only error messages can reveal that it's two programmes. So I thought of one more menu entry which name is exchanged dynamically from XɘTeX to XɘLaTeX when AUCTeX sees a \documentclass ...

Jonathan_Kew (at) is XeTeX man.

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