[XeTeX] Working with Arabic in xelatex

Frederick Hoyt fmhoyt at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Dec 30 00:38:04 CET 2004

On Dec 29, 2004, at 5:24 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> Just a hunch.... could it be that you have TeXShop set to use an 
> encoding such as MacRoman or Latin1, rather than Unicode? If so, then 
> although the Arabic example looks fine when you paste it into the 
> TeXShop editor, when the file is saved it'll be written using an 
> encoding that doesn't support Arabic, and the characters are all lost 
> (actually, converted to '?'.... which in turn isn't supported by Geeza 
> Pro, and so appears blank).
> One way to check: If you close and re-open the source file, is the 
> Arabic text still intact?

Yes, that was exactly the problem. I rewrote the Arabic text in UTF-8, 
and things work fine.



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