[XeTeX] XeTeX for Linux (first experiencies)

Gildas HAMEL gweltaz at ucsc.edu
Mon Jun 5 01:31:27 CEST 2006

I use XeLateX to handle Hebrew, accented Greek, and so forth,
in my documents:

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode

					{Hoefler Text}
\newfontinstance\heb[Script=Hebrew]{NewJerusalemU}% or Gentium, etc.
\newfontinstance\syr[Script=Syriac,Scale=1.2]{Serto Jerusalem}% or  
other fonts
\newfontinstance\gk{Vusillus}  % or New Athena Unicode etc.


In Hebrew {\beginR\heb בראשׁית ברא אלהים את  
השׁמים ואת הארץ\endR}\newline
now in fake Syriac (Serto Jerusalem):
{\beginR\syr ܐܒܐ ܘܒܬ ܫܠܘ ܗܠܟܘ\endR} .
and finally in accented Greek:
{\gk Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος}


--Gildas Hamel

On Jun 4, 2006, at 4:07 PM, Will Robertson wrote:

> On 05/06/2006, at 7:53 , Pablo Rodríguez wrote:
>> After some playing with my own dissertation, I have discovered the
>> following issues:
>> XeTeX does not work with babel and polutonikogreek.
> Unfortunately, very little work has been spent on multilingual LaTeX
> capabilities using XeTeX. The babel package uses many assumptions
> that are no longer true, so it doesn't exactly make sense to use it
> with XeTeX.
> Others may be able to supply a method to get it working, though.
> I suspect collaboration with Javier Bezos on his mem package is the
> way to go for XeTeX in the future. (mem has been written currently
> for Omega/Aleph.)
> If I had a spare 6 months...
>> I have also problems with fontspec. Using GFS Didot (available at
>> http://www.greekfontsociety.org/pages/en_typefaces.html), smallcaps
>> work, but they work for all capitals also.
> This is a bug in the font, not in fontspec. I can verify this using
> another OpenType-aware application.
> Cheers,
> Will
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