[XeTeX] XeTeX vertical text layout support (for Linux & win32 users)

Jjgod Jiang gzjjgod at gmail.com
Mon Jun 19 14:24:17 CEST 2006

Here are some examples (published book in Taiwan):

http://freebsd.nctu.edu.tw/~momizi/1 # published in 1984
http://freebsd.nctu.edu.tw/~momizi/2 # published in 1996
http://freebsd.nctu.edu.tw/~momizi/3 # published in 2005

2006/6/19, Jjgod Jiang <gzjjgod at gmail.com>:
> 2006/6/19, Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org>:
> >
> > Yuck! Yes, I see the same result with HanWangMingMedium. Note,
> > however, that this font doesn't support the OpenType 'vert' feature,
> > nor any vertical metrics, so it's not surprising that xetex doesn't
> > manage to do a good job with it. I suppose I should do something
> > about this....
> >
> > I don't have the other two fonts you mention (yet), but I tried some
> > other FZ... fonts that I have on Linux, and the results look OK.
> > Note, though, that you need to include "script=hani" in the font
> > declaration in order to specify the Han layout engine; without this,
> > the 'vert' feature won't be applied, as it only exists within the Han
> > script in the OT fonts.
> >
> Oops.. "AdobeSongStd-Light:vertical:script=hani" looks acceptable for
> me now. (The font has the following features:
> # otfinfo -f --script=hani /usr/share/fonts/OTF/AdobeSongStd-Light.otf
> aalt    Access All Alternates
> cpct    <unknown feature>
> dlig    Discretionary Ligatures
> fwid    Full Widths
> halt    Alternate Half Widths
> hwid    Half Widths
> nalt    Alternate Annotation Forms
> pwid    Proportional Widths
> trad    Traditional Forms
> vert    Vertical Writing
> vhal    Alternate Vertical Half Metrics
> vrt2    Vertical Alternates and Rotation)
> But it's a little bit weird to see the punctations appear at the upper right
> corner. It seems punctations sit in the upper right corner is a Japanese
> tradition, in Chinese, it should sit in middle center.
> http://scripts.sil.org/IWS-Chapter09 has some samples, although those
> samples is some how dated, I'll ask some of my friends in Taiwan
> for more recent pictures (and more definitive answers, since I'm a simplified
> Chinese native speaker, vertical text rarely used in simplified Chinese form
> now, book editors in Taiwan will be more familier with this stuff.)
> And, of course, I think XeTeX works correctly as I expected, it should be the
> problem of the font.
> J.

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