[XeTeX] transliterated sanskrit/hindi

Alexander Giebler a_giebler at gmx.de
Wed Aug 30 15:29:06 CEST 2006

Am 29.08.2006 um 18:57 schrieb Yves Codet:

> Hello Alexander.
> Le 29 août 06 à 16:58, Alexander Giebler a écrit :
>> With XeTeX I will generate a  transliterated sanskrit document -which
>> is similar to hindi. has anybody experiences in doing this?  by the
>> way: normaly i generate my transliterated documents with the sanskrit
>> package with MikTeX on a windows platform. now i had to do this on a
>> macbook with mac os tiger - on windows i had to  run first  the
>> preprocessor skt.c over the document to generate the tex-file but
>> this does´nt work on the mac Terminal. What do I wrong?
> With MikTeX a precompiled version of the preprocessor is installed  
> (in a directory named Commands or something like that), precompiled  
> because Windows doesn't include any C compiler. You can't run skt.c  
> itself on a Mac (nor on any platform) because it's source code; you  
> have to compile it, executing:
> gcc -o skt skt.c
> Then you must put the binary skt in a directory where the system  
> can find it. But first you have to install Developper Tools, since  
> gcc isn't included in the standard installation.
> This would be for standard TeX; with XeTeX you don't need Wikner's  
> package. Just input Unicode characters directly, like this:
> āsīd rājā Nalo nāma
> You only need to use a suitable font. Lucida Grande can do, but  
> some diacritics are not correctly placed (besides it has no  
> italics). The best font I know of, for transliterated Sanskrit and  
> other languages of course, is Charis SIL:
> http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php? 
> site_id=nrsi&item_id=CharisSILfont
> Once you have downloaded Charis you might want to try and compile  
> the following sample:
> <linguistique.tex>
> to check your installation and see how it works (and if you notice  
> mistakes please let me' know :).
> Best wishes,
> Yves

a.)There was no problem to install gcc from developer tools but after  
entering the string this happens:
  -bash: gcc: command not found
what could i made wrong?

b.)Thanks for the link and the .tex file. This works very fine but  
anyway I´m very new on mac os so I tried to put in the diacritics but  
i have no idea how to define shortcuts for the unicodes like alt+a  
for long vowel a or alt+s for retroflex s .


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