[texhax] Typesetting in Hebrew

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Nov 21 01:44:08 CET 2013

On 2013-11-18 at 20:34:27 -0800, D.Edmons wrote:

 > Hi,
 > Though I still use (La)TeX for some simple English documents, I left off 
 > using it several years ago due to it being quite unable to support 
 > Hebrew (without doing backflips, cartwheels, and painful contortions). 
 > Now, with utf8 evolving as the new text standard, I'm hoping things are, 
 > or will be different.
 > Already I've been able to view some very simple Hebrew using XeTeX and 
 > the TeXworks "editor".  However, the result is quite awful.  In terms of 
 > display, if I input the following text:
 > 	This is a simple English sentence.
 > and it were displayed as:
 > 	English .sentence simple a is This
 > the average user would be outraged, but this on my first simple test, is 
 > almost exactly what I get: gibberish.
 > Are there any actual Hebrew users here?  I couldn't find an IL or He 
 > user group.

All I can tell you is that Jonathan Kew, the author of XeTeX and
TeXworks, demonstrated how to typeset Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi,
Japanese,... with XeTeX painlessly at various TeX conferences.  

I recommend to ask your question on the XeTeX mailing list.


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