[XeTeX] access to composite characters

Bernd mlist at gmx.de
Wed Nov 2 13:15:39 CET 2005

Hi Malte,
if I understand you, you just want to use these characters in your text 
but the font you use doesn't have it. Right? Easiest solution is to use 
a font capable of that like those on the sil.org website or the Arial 
unicode font (av. at sf.net). Most of Times has it also (not the Times 
New Roman, though) To enter those letters use the Latin extended 
keyboard available on http://homepage.mac.com/chinesemac/LatinExtended/ 
to get the dot press alt-shift-j and then the letter you want (h for 
example...) and so on.
hope that helps.

Malte Rosenau wrote:
> Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X <xetex at tug.org> schrieb am 02.11.05 09:23:16:
>>>>> what's the best way to typeset latin unicode characters like ?  
>>>>> with XeTeX? The OTF font I'm currently using does not contain the  
>>>>> glyph, so how can I fake it? Is there a recommended way to  
>>>>> declare unicode characters similiarly to the definitions for  
>>>>> composite characters in t1enc.def???
>>>> Hi Malte,
>>>> The character you're after didn't turn up in my mail reader :) but  
>>>> if you're after fancy accents and so on, then check out Ross  
>>>> Moore's xunicode package. I suspect it'll do what you want.
>>>> Sorry my information is a little brief...
>>> If his font does not contain the actual glyph, is this really doing  
>>> to help? Loading xunicode will not get xelatex to render  
>>> "ṭḥīṣ" since those glyphs are missing in the default font.
>> Right. To give suggestions with more confidence, it would be good to  
>> know what character is wanted (the original message only showed a  
>> question mark, as it was sent in Latin-1 encoding, not Unicode).  
>> Malte, can you enlighten us?
> Sorry for the confusion, I think it's called SMALL LETTER H WITH DOT BELOW
> In T1 font encoding this letter was usually faked (unless it was available
> in the font) via \d{h} (and in utf8x.sty mapped to \d{h}). If I understand
> xunicode.sty correctly \d{h} points now to an empty unicode slot in my font
> which produces this strange boxshaped character in my document. How can I
> declare my own composite letter?
> thanks,
> Malte 
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