OpenType features support in Linux software

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kalmar.nagy.andras's picture
Joined: 14 Aug 2008 - 10:12am
OpenType features support in Linux software
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Does anyone know of an application for Linux that lets me use OpenType features? I'm thinking alternate forms, swashes, dicretionary ligatures.

I would like to migrate from using windows to linux, all the things I do I can do in Inkscape and Scribus, but the OT features would be a nice touch. I'm open to learning TeX or any other piece of software as long as it's usable.

Thanks

Frank ADEBIAYE's picture
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Joined: 29 Apr 2007 - 4:46pm
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XeTeX works fine and is quite usable.

See that in first place:
http://xml.web.cern.ch/XML/lgc2/xetexmain.pdf

Please mail me privately for specific pieces of information: fadebiaye(at)gmail.com

Good luck anyway, you've made the right choice! Welcome in the free and real world!

Khaled Hosny's picture
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Scribus has no OpenType support altogether, I've seen promises for years but nothing so far. Inkscape (and any other GTK+ or Qt application) does not support user controllable features, only features that are on by default for a given script. The only remaining option is modern TeX engines, both XeTeX and LuaTeX give you full control, and you can use [[http://www.ctan.org/pkg/fontspec|fontspec]] package which abstracts the low level stuff and provides a fine, higher level interface to both engines.

However, Linux distributions are usually a bit behind TeX developments, so I'd recommend installing [[http://tug.org/texlive/|TeXLive]] and not using distribution supplied packages.

kalmar.nagy.andras's picture
Joined: 14 Aug 2008 - 10:12am
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Thanks to both of you, I'll give Xetex a spin!