[texhax] Using XeTeX to select fonts

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Tue Jan 29 21:47:08 CET 2013

Now something about the original posting:

Am Sonntag, den 27.01.2013, 14:21 -0800 schrieb Clint Olsen: 
> I apologize if this isn't the correct forum. 

This is the correct forum for anything about TeX.

> I'm interested in experimenting with TeX and 
> selecting fonts from my Mac. My understanding 
> is that if you don't want the LaTeX macro support, 
> you are supposed to use XeTeX. 

On a Mac, I have never tried TeX. Anyway, the last 
sentence surprises me very much. I believe that even 
on a Mac, you can use Plain TeX or ConTeXt (Mark II) 
with pdfTeX. Or are you saying that pdfTeX doesn't 
work at all on a Mac? Or perhaps you are saying that 
you insist on "Hoefler Text". Be it a Mac or whatever, 
it may need special aptitude to turn an arbitrary 
OpenType font into a font that pdfTeX can process. 

> I found the fontspec article that explains how you 
> do this. 

What fontspec article? I have looked at the fontspec 
documentation. fontspec is a package for LaTeX. 
I cannot find anything in the documentation about 
using any TeX engine without LaTeX.

> I am able to select fonts easily using 
> something of the form:
> \font\hoefler="Hoefler Text"
> \hoefler

Interesting, the quotation marks, especially. 
-- Maybe you have tried to refer to the XeTeX FAQ 
(i.e., confused it with some "fontspec article")


that indeed mentions the XeTeX version of the Plain format, 
xetex.fmt. Something there may help you -- with your 
rather pioneering research.



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