[tex-live] scheme modern

Philipp Stephani st_philipp at yahoo.de
Thu Jan 6 23:22:58 CET 2011

Am 06.01.2011 um 21:34 schrieb Robin Fairbairns:

> Khaled Hosny <khaledhosny at eglug.org> wrote:
>> There is no usable (for modern engines) Arabic fonts in texlive AFAIK,
>> so Arabic users are not losing that much (Also Arabic fonts tend to be
>> small, < 100kb each). I doubt there is much usable CJK font either.
> do such (free) fonts exist?

Khaled is currently creating the Amiri font.

> if so, why not get them on ctan so they
> _will_ appear in texlive in due course?

I suppose Khaled will upload his font once it's finished. But in general I don't know whether CTAN should contain all free fonts that exist. For example, I have the following free fonts installed that are not part of TeX Live: Aller, Charis SIL, DejaVu, jsMath, Neo Euler, Vollkorn. DejaVu alone is over eight megabytes big.

> it seems to me that we've quite a lot of "bits" of tex work for using
> middle eastern and north african languages, but nothing to draw them
> together.  it would be really pleasing if a focus could emerge, on
> putting the pieces together for such potential users.

Responding to this d.c.t.t thread
we have tried to get Persian or Arabic output with LuaLaTeX, but were largely unsuccessful, even though that should work out of the box. I think my last example was almost fine, but there is no documentation or user-level package at all. Currently ConTeXt seems to be the only modern (Unicode, OpenType, LuaTeX) system with support for non-Latin scripts.

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