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Re: RFP: xetex - An extension of TeX with Unicode and OpenType support

On Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 10:20 +0200, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Fre, 25 Aug 2006, Frank Küster wrote:
> > 
> > While that would be good, I think it would be even better if someone
> > maintains a separate xetex package.  xetex has a much faster development
> > process currently than texlive.

> True, absolutely true. The only question is who? I have not enough
> knowledge on xetex etc to do this. And not enough time.

First of all #365672 has been changed from an RFP to an ITP some time
ago. I can't remember right now who did this, though. This is one
obvious candidate. The other obvious candidate would be myself. I do
have the necessary knoweldge on XeTeX, fonts and stuff like that. But I
am a bit short on time right now.

> One idea would be to put the package as Kohda-san prepared it into svn
> and we try to care all together for this...

In that case I would definitely try to help as much as possible.

One really difficult task is getting the hyphenation patterns right for
cooperation with both teTeX and TeX Live. The hack I am using for my
personal installation is not really good ...

Besides XeTeX one also needs xdvipdfmx (also an ITP). Here the
relationship with the existing dvipdfmx packages are non trivial. At
least when build with upstream's Debian packaging the two packages have
to conflict since they contain some identical files. Given that there
recently was a case where functionality from dvipdfmx was lost in
xdvipdfmx, it probably would be best to not install these files in the
xdvipdfmx package but depend on dvipdfmx instead.


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