[XeTeX] access to composite characters

Malte Rosenau xetex_malte at web.de
Wed Nov 2 23:06:23 CET 2005

Jonathan Kew schrieb am 02.11.05 14:55:05:

> > Sure, that would help. I could also easily hack the font and add  
> > the missing glyph
> > myself, but I consider that cheating.
> It's also dependent on the font licensing terms.
> > There must be an easy way to declare a fake
> > composite character for missing glyphs in XeTeX.
> And that wouldn't be "cheating"? :)
> Using a font that actually supports the Unicode characters you want  
> to use will mean that the PDF you create contains correct Unicode  
> data, which you can copy and paste, search, etc.
> You can "fake it" by centering a period under the letter, for  
> example, using macros such as those Musa has posted -- but the  
> results may be less than ideal, unless you're prepared to spend the  
> time tinkering with positioning until you get it exactly how you  
> want. And although the result may look correct, it's less useful  
> because you can hardly expect a PDF reader to successfully search for  
> a word containing such a "faked" character, or Spotlight to index it  
> properly, etc.

There's probably no ideal solution, but LaTeX makes it easy to circumvent
the problem. One could use alternative font setups for printing, online 
reading, etc... 


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