# [texhax] spot colours in XeTeX (was Re: dotfill leaders on first line of paragraph only ?)

Fri Dec 9 17:21:05 CET 2011

```On Dec 8, 2011, at 7:29 PM, Pierre MacKay wrote:

> Spot color specification should be done through a  \special..  It is entirely managed by PostScript, not by any part of Tex.  So long as you output DVI and then go through dvips and some distiller such as ps2pdf, I can see no reason why the flavor of *TeX would get in the way. One more reason to treasure DVI as an output format.

XeTeX outputs to a .xdv file, and the post-processors for that go directly to .pdf, so it does ``get in the way'' for this case (but it's easy to either post-process the file or to just specify that a particular plate is going to be a particular spot colour ink).

William

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