[OS X TeX] Mixed Languages

Fri Nov 2 04:01:22 CET 2012

```On Nov 1, 2012, at 7:56 PM, Ahmed Hussein wrote:

> I need to prepare a LaTex document that mixes English and Arabic.
>
> I use TeXshop 3.11, OSX 10.6.8 and TeXLive-2012. I am quite experienced in using LaTex, but never done any other language besides English.
>
> Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

You'll want to use xetex.

Jonathan Kew once noted that it was as simple as:

> To use an OpenType Arabic font, you need to activate the Arabic
> shaping engine. In raw xetex, you'd say something like
>
>    \font\x = "Scheherazade:script=arab" at 14pt  .......
>
> and in xelatex with fontspec, you'd use
>
>
> (or similar options with \newfontfamily, etc.)

However, there's a specific package for this, arabxetex:

http://ctan.org/pkg/arabxetex

it may be that there's something newer / better since.

HTH!

William

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