[OS X TeX] Mixed Languages

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
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
>    \setmainfont[Script=Arabic]{Scheherazade}
> (or similar options with \newfontfamily, etc.)

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


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



William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
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