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bug#25601: Possible need for an update to the \TeX "preview" package.

From: Emmanuel Charpentier
Subject: bug#25601: Possible need for an update to the \TeX "preview" package.
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 15:26:18 +0100
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Dear AUCTeX maintainers,

at the suggestion of David Kastrup, I forward to you a suggestin initially sent to him, to which he answered he had no time nor energy to investigate :

I am a user of the knitr R package, which uses the preview package to create single-file images of R-generated figures. This package can generate tikz pictures, which are of great interest.

I recently stumbled on a problem that is not specifically bound to preview, but shows that a (slight) revision may be in order. See the transcript of a thread in comp.text.tex at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.text.tex/umzerAdDkX0 .

Working on this problem, I saw that preview had an option specific to the XeLaTeX compiler. This made me think that an analogous solution was needed for the LuaTeX compiler, which uses the same mechanisms for font loading and font metrics. However, I do not know welle enough the internals of these engines to determine if the solution used for XeLaTeX can be applied to LuaTeX, of if specific actions are needed.

Do you think that a slight revision of your package could be done (if only to document how to use it with LuaLaTeX) ?

Sincerely yours,

                                        Emmanuel Charpentier

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