[tex-live] Fontconfig for XeTeX versus regular fontconfig

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Thu Oct 27 15:51:26 CEST 2011

Am Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:36:46 GMT schrieb Karl Berry:

>     why are both opentype and truetype copies of gnu-
>     freefont shipped with texlive?
> You don't say what fonts you're talking about.  Anyway, in general,
> there's no reason to suppose OTF and TTF versions are identical.

The problem exists in various variants also on miktex.
xetex/xdvipdfmx got confused because of different versions of an
otf-font in system/texmf, because of otf + ttf versions, even
because of otf + type1 versions. 

> The right answer here is to fix XeTeX.

Yes, it would be really useful if the communication between xetex
and xdvipdfmx could be improved in this respect - or at least if
they would search fonts in the same way. And if one could tell
xetex/xdvipdfmx to prefer e.g. otf- over ttf-fonts.  

Ulrike Fischer 

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