[XeTeX] RTL Arabic footnotes + line numbers for critical edition

Bernd Carl mlist at gmx.de
Thu Jun 23 18:55:59 CEST 2005

Okay, this is my result I got so far.
I did get Musa Furbers files working in some way, only the babel file 
was missing. Whatever, this might be working for me. Then I tried to 
just use the ledmac package but it won't do. Maybe I don't understand 
Xetex but inside Arabic text the footnote command corrupts the text.
In the two files I provided, Arabic I used for collation moved to the 
left (it should be on the far right) and the footnotes only show latin 
script, no Arabic.
All this makes me wonder if Latex is really a good choice for modern 
typewriting that includes Unicode. It's only applying workarounds that 
don't work.


Musa Furber schrieb:
> On Jun 22, 2005, at 9:55 AM, Bernd Carl wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I hope someone else has tried this before. I need to edit some Arabic 
>> manuscripts and for collation I need Arabic footnotes. I have looked 
>> into ledmac but it looks not really convincing to have the footnotes 
>> on the left side when all the text is on the right side. It is 
>> probably possible to use footnotes in ArabTex but line numbers are not 
>> possible in RTL contexts. In Xetex I couldn't get footnotes working 
>> inside Arabic texts (using \footnote {xyz}. So right now I'm a bit 
>> lost. Maybe someone has an idea?
>> This is what I tried: ArabTex and lineno and/or ledmac, Xetex.
> I modified a babel package for Hebrew so that it would (a) work with 
> XeLaTeX and (b) replace \thechapter and similar strings with those 
> appropriate for Arabic.
> It works well enough on my machine for my current needs. There is a PDF 
> showing some of the things it can do. And perhaps some things it cannot. 
> (I think the latest fontspec broke the the FarsiTeX multicol 
> implementation.)
> The one person who tried to install it could not get it to work with 
> babel. My TeX installation is old, so perhaps someone with a newer 
> installation or more knowledge of babel could help determine the problem.
> Regards,
> Musa
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