[luatex] critical editions and academic writing with current ConTeXt

luigi scarso luigi.scarso at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 07:18:28 CEST 2010

On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:14 PM, Talal Al-Azem <talazem at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> Dear all,
> This is my first post on this list, and I hope you all don't mind the question. I have read Dr Idris Hamid's 2007 Tug article on Oriental TeX, watched the 2007 River TV presentation, and just seen the recent 2010 presentation on Qur'anic typography. I have also done some searches on this mailing list, and read some of the (heated?) discussions regarding bidi using luatex + context, and likewise searched through the Context Garden a bit.
> My question: could anyone recommend what I should read, on any website or forum, in order to begin learning how to typeset academic papers, books, and critical editions -- all of which may use both English and Arabic in the same document -- using luatex and context, as they stand now? Through a kind email by Mojca and Taco, I have been told that critical typesetting in mixed English and Arabic is currently possible.
> I have about 4 years of on-and-off experience using XeLaTeX, the Memoir package, and ednotes in LaTeX, and have typeset a mixed Arabic and English book. But I am currently preparing a thesis in English which includes critical editing of Arabic texts. I am running into some of the limitations of XeLaTeX with the Memoir, Bidi and ednotes packages, and Mojca suggested that perhaps ConTeXt might work.
> I am  slightly daunted by the fact that there doesn't seem to be much in the way of manuals (print or digital) or centralised information for *this* purpose (i.e. typesetting with all the necessary critical apparatus of academic writing and editions).  Could anyone point me in the right direction of where to begin to learn?
> Many thanks in advance.
step-by-step with mkiv.
You already know *TeX, so it's not so difficult to learn context mkiv.
wiki.contextgarden.net is the starting point ; use google to search in the wiki.
Anyway it's better to subscribe to ntg-context at ntg.nl mailing list.


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