[tex-live] Fontconfig for XeTeX versus regular fontconfig

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Oct 27 22:10:25 CEST 2011

Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2011/10/27 Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de>:
> > 2011/10/27 auxsvr <auxsvr at gmail.com>:
> >> Martin Schröder wrote:
> >> Well, then is there any reason to use xetex at all? Would switching to
> >> LuaTeX or pdfTeX lead to fewer problems? Are they more actively maintained?
> >
> > As of now polyglossia works only with XeLaTeX.
> And how about ArabXeTeX? Is it ported to luatex?

as far as i know, not.  since francois charette ran out of steam, i'm
not sure anything much has been done to it (though it was taken over by
a new maintainer earlier this month).  no-one's told us of any move to
make it work with luatex.

(faintly surprised to find that its log in the ctan catalogue goes back
to april 2007...)

> > LuaTeX is actively developed while XeTeX is IMHO not really
> > maintained.

which isn't a problem if xetex already does what is needed of it.
however, xetex surely _does_ need a backstop of some sort.  jonathan kew
occasionally answers mails, but i don't believe he codes for it any


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