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Related packages for Xe(La)TeX

Jonathan Kew, 2004-10-18

Where to go for help

Note: SIL International no longer manages XeTeX development. Please refer to the following paragraphs to find excellent sources of help.

XeTeX Home  http://xetex.sourceforge.net/

For questions or discussion about installing or using XeTeX and related packages, please go to the  XeTeX mailing list hosted by the TeX Users Group, where experienced users and developers are likely to be able to help.

For bug reports about the XeTeX software itself, or specific feature requests (rather than general discussion), there is an  issue tracker hosted at SourceForge.

The comment form on this page is available for general comments about the software or the web pages themselves (yes, I know they need updating!), but please do not expect technical support through this channel. You are much more likely to get useful responses on the  mailing list.

Update — September 2013

The latest release of XeTeX is version 0.9999.3, which is included in  TeX Live 2013. XeTeX is a standard component of the complete  TeX Live distribution. This includes all major TeX-related programs and a huge range of additional fonts, macro packages, and utilities, with ready-to-use binaries for around 15 computer platforms including Mac OS X (PPC and x86), Windows, and various Linux and Unix-like systems on a range of CPU architectures.

The TeX Users Group hosts a  XeTeX mailing list where interested users are welcome to discuss bugs, workarounds, wishes, etc.; while no commitments can be made as to future development, all feedback is greatly appreciated.

XeTeX is an alternative to the standard TeX (or pdfTeX) typesetting engine, providing enhanced support for Unicode and Mac OS X fonts. Several users have kindly written supporting macro packages to simplify the use of XeTeX in conjunction with existing LaTeX documents and styles. This page aims to provide links to some widely useful packages. More information about these can be found in the archives of the  XeTeX mailing list.

Eventually, these packages may become part of a standard TeX/XeTeX distribution, but at the time of writing both they and the underlying XeTeX engine are considered experimental software, still under active development, and may be updated/changed at any time.

Bug reports, suggestions, and other feedback regarding these packages is invited on the XeTeX mailing list.

Enhanced LaTeX compatibility

  • Updated: February 26, 2005 Ross Moore's "xunicode.sty" (formerly named "utf8accents.sty"): a package to handle traditional TeX input conventions for accents and other "special" (non-ASCII) characters when using Unicode fonts. This package allows legacy LaTeX documents to be typeset using native OS X fonts without converting the input text entirely to Unicode.
The xunicode (formerly utf8accents) package for XeLaTeX, version 0.5
Ross Moore, 2005-02-26
Download "xunicode.sty.zip", ZIP archive, 18KB [3026 downloads]
  • Will Robertson's xeuler package: This is no longer required (as of XeTeX 0.9); just use the standard euler package. This was a package for XeLaTeX that enabled support for the Euler Script typeface, an alternative to the standard CM math fonts.

Specifying native Mac OS X fonts in XeLaTeX

  •  Will Robertson's fontspec package This is a package for XeLaTeX that allows dynamic loading of Mac OS X fonts with all (most) accessible features. The new version supports: OpenType fonts;setting default options for every font; accessing generic features for text mapping, colour, and scale; and setting new font features.
  •  Jon Breitenbucher's Adobe Type Classics support files Font description (.fd) and LaTeX style (.sty) files for many of the OpenType fonts in the Adobe Type Classics collection.

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