[XeTeX] TeXShop 1.35

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Sep 1 12:25:37 CEST 2004

On 1 Sep 2004, at 11:15 am, Yves Codet wrote:

> Le 1 sept. 04, à 11:33, Jonathan Kew a écrit :
>> Does it depend which font you choose as the TeXShop editor font? 
>> Simple conjuncts, at least, seem to work for me... can you give a few 
>> examples of what doesn't work? (I don't read Sanskrit, but do know 
>> some Hindi.)
> Conjuncts are formed with Devanagari MT (except for a few: "ng, dbr, 
> dbhy, and perhaps some more but it seems to be a problem with the font 
> itself). With non Apple fonts no conjunct is formed at all. It is 
> often handy to use another font than Devanagari MT (such as TITUS 
> Cyberbit Basic) to be able to type other scripts in the same file, 
> without having to change fonts all the time. For instance with Yudit I 
> used a large font, so I could type whatever I needed, but I can't 
> anymore :-(

I often set the editor to use Lucida Grande, and rely on automatic font 
substitution to allow things like Devanagari and Arabic to display OK. 
That works for me.

On the other hand, sometimes I like to use Andale Mono WT J in the 
editor; but as this includes Devanagari and Arabic characters, they get 
displayed *without* font substitution, and as the font doesn't include 
AAT tables, they don't shape.

You need to learn the capabilities of the various fonts and 
technologies you have available, and make some choices; there's 
probably no single "ideal" solution. But depending what fonts you have 
installed, automatic substitution can get you quite a long way.


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