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New version of xltxtra package

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Will Robertson released a new version of the xltxtra package that solves the \verb* and verbatim* problem I mentioned in my previous article (see the documentation of the package for details),

Apostolos Syropoulos

Written by euadmin

July 30th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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The \verb* command and the verbatim* environment

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XeLaTeX users you have tried to use the \verb* command and/or the verbatim* environment may have noticed that the OPEN BOX character (graphic for space) is not visilble. To remedy this problem, one has to use a font that includes this character (e.g., the UMTypewriter font) and make a small package with the folliowing code:

\def\@@xobeysp{^^^^2423}
{\catcode`\ =\active%
\gdef\@@vobeyspaces{\catcode`\ \active\let \@@xobeysp}}
\@namedef{verbatim*}{\@verbatim\@@vobeyspaces\@sxverbatim}
%
\def\verb{\relax\ifmmode\hbox\else\leavevmode\null\fi
\bgroup
\verb@eol@error \let\do\@makeother \dospecials
\verbatim@font\@noligs
\@ifstar\@@sverb\@verb}
\def\@@sverb{\@@vobeyspaces \@sverb}

The author of the xltxtra package will include this code in the package.

Apostolos Syropoulos

Written by euadmin

July 28th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

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hyphen.cfg

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If you have followed the steps in Generating the XeLaTeX format and xgreek version 2.0 you must remove from your system file hyphen.cfg that is described in Setting up XeLaTeX to typeset Greek documents, or else you might not be able to create the format file.

Apostolos Syropoulos

PS A regular poster to the XeTeX mailing list suggested to mention that in recent distributions everything regarding hyphenation patterns is included. So causal users should upgrade to avoid messing with their system’s configuration.

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July 7th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

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Phaistos Font

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Now that the symbols inscribed on the Disk of Phaistos are part of Unicode, the idea of creating an OpenType font with all symbols of the disk came quite natural. Practically, the Phaistos font is an OpenType version of the Type 1 phaistos font.

Apostolos Syropoulos

Written by euadmin

July 4th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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Generating the XeLaTeX format

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In order to generate a XeLaTeX format file that can handle all possible hyphenation patterns, one has to use the following command

xetex -ini -etex -jobname=xelatex xelatex.ini

where xelatex.ini is properly sets various things (e.g., character codes etc.).

Written by euadmin

July 3rd, 2008 at 6:33 pm

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