For the following case,

% !TeX program = xelatex

  \hsize =2in
  shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf\-ful di\discretionary{f-}{fi}{f\kern0ptfi}cult

I get,

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Actually, if there's a kern followed by anything in the third argument of \discretionary, letters after it disappear, but when I don't use the package fontspec, nothing goes wrong. Is this a bug?

  • It's not fontspec. If I do the same with xetex, the problem shows as well. – egreg Jan 24 '17 at 15:44
  • Neat. But it is not a fontspec problem. You see the same problem if you don't load fontspec and call the font as \font\test="[lmroman12-regular.otf]"\test – Ulrike Fischer Jan 24 '17 at 15:44
  • raised as sourceforge.net/p/xetex/bugs/137 – David Carlisle Jan 24 '17 at 20:40

This seems a bug in XeTeX. If there's something which is not a letter in the “nobreak” argument to \discretionary and a break is taken, the word part following the discretionary disappears.

Minimal example:

\input ifxetex.sty

  \font\test="Latin Modern Roman:mapping=tex-text" at 12pt

\hsize =2in \advance\hsize by 11pt

shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf\-ful di\discretionary{f-}{fi}{f\kern0ptfi}cult task

shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf\-ful di\discretionary{f-}{fi}{f\/fi}cult task

shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf\-ful di\discretionary{f-}{fi}{f{}fi}cult task

shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf\-ful di\discretionary{f-}{fi}{ffi}cult task

di\discretionary{f-}{fi}{ffi}cult task


Compile with xetex and the result is

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If compiled with pdftex we get the expected result:

enter image description here

  • 1
    The problem appears only if the \kern or {} is between two letters in the “nobreak” argument. Note also that {} doesn't break ligatures when an OpenType/TrueType font is used. – egreg Jan 24 '17 at 16:07

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