[XeTeX] Images in LTR text

musa furber musaf at runbox.com
Sun Nov 6 15:26:16 CET 2005

On Nov 5, 2005, at 3:49 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 5 Nov 2005, at 1:19 am, musa furber wrote:
>> When I use insert an image into a stream of LTR text,
> (I assume you meant RTL here...)


> Are you inserting the image using \XeTeXpicfile, or are you using  
> some higher-level LaTeX construction?

I was using

{\XeTeXpdffile "radiya2_AGA-Arabesque.pdf" height .8\baselineskip} 

>> the image is drawn from LTR (against the flow of the RTL text) so  
>> it ends up drawing over the previous characters.
>> Is this how things are supposed to and should be? If so, can  
>> anyone recommend a solution?
> Hmm.... can't say I'd really considered it!
> In a quick test with \XeTeXpicfile in a line of Arabic text, I see  
> what you mean; not good. I should think about this.
> You should be able to avoid the issue by surrounding the image with  
> \beginL...\endL, so that XeTeX knows it is a left-to-right segment.  
> I tried:
>     \hbox{\beginL \XeTeXpicfile "mypic.jpg"\endL}
> within Arabic text, and this seems to work fine. (Without the \hbox  
> around the image, it seems to come out wrongly spaced.... this is  
> probably a bug that I should investigate. In practice, I always box  
> images, as I usually want to get their dimensions, etc.)

I replaced my macro with

{\beginR \XeTeXpdffile "radiya2_AGA-Arabesque.pdf" height .8 
\baselineskip \endR}

and things work just fine. Thanks. I would prefer not having to have  
to include \beginR...\endR since it means having to create two sets  
of macros for ligatures that are common in Islamic texts.


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