[XeTeX] XeTeX and TeX documentation

Joshua Grauman jnfo at grauman.com
Fri Aug 11 01:30:53 CEST 2006

Sorry, I must correct myself. When I put the parameters more extreme I do 
see that it sometimes breaks a line after a maqqef. I don't know why it is 
less frequent, but it is working. Sorry about that.


>>>>> As a side note, I'd like to be able to change the hyphenation (correct
>>>>> terminology?) for my document. I would like xetex to break up words
>>>>> after
>>>>> the maqqef and not just wrap by spaces. How would I go about this?
>>>> One way to achieve this, noting that maqqef is Unicode character U
>>>> +05BE, would be to make this an "active character" and program it to
>>>> insert a discretionary break after itself. Something like this:
>>>>  \catcode"05BE = \active
>>>>  \def^^^^05be{\char"05BE\discretionary{}{}{}}
>>>> (The use of uppercase "05BE" and lowercase "05be" here is deliberate
>>>> and required!)
>>>> HTH,
>>>> JK
>>> This code does not appear to work for either xetex or xelatex for me (Ie I
>>> don't think it changes the output at all)... Am I missing something?
>> It should allow breaks after maqqef -- but you'll only see a change if there
>> happens to be a case where such a break can improve the setting of a
>> paragraph, so it depends on the precise text/size/etc. With a bit of
>> experimentation, I found a setting where you can see the effect; try the
>> attached example, which sets the same text twice, with and without this
>> feature. In the second version, you should get a break after maqqef on the
>> second line.
>> JK
> I see that it does indeed work as expected in your example. I traced down
> the difference and my problem is that I am using "\leftskip = 0pt plus
> 0.2\hsize" which was one of your suggestions for fixing overfull boxes. I
> was leaning towards using this for my final document (BHS is formatted
> this way). It never breaks after a maqqef in this case. Any further
> suggestions? Thanks again.
> Josh
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