[XeTeX] Arabic prose

Bernd mlist at gmx.de
Fri Jul 1 18:26:54 CEST 2005

Thank you, that's what I was looking for. You're great.

BTW, is it normal that it takes about 30 seconds in TexShop to produce a 
PDF (your example)? I got an iMac 2GHz and I thought I have a pretty 
fast machine...


Jonathan Kew schrieb:
> On 1 Jul 2005, at 4:45 pm, Musa Furber wrote:
>> On Jul 1, 2005, at 5:23 PM, Bernd wrote:
>>> Sorry, not prose, I meant poetry.
>>> I'm trying to make one of Abu Nuwas' poems look like a poem.
>> Did you one of Peter Wilson's various packages? memoir does itself  
>> does verse.
>> The ArabTeX package includes code for doing poetry; perhaps you  could 
>> just adapt it for XeLaTeX.
>> My guess, though, is that you might have some difficulty getting  
>> automatic inter-letter stretching so that all lines end up being  the 
>> same length. Mellel does this. I'm not sure what they use to do  it; 
>> perhaps the ARABIC TATWEEL or a shorter version of it. Hey,  this 
>> sounds like a fun macro for someone [else] to write. :-)
> This can be done automatically if you're using an AAT font that  
> includes a justification table, as some of Apple's do. 

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