[XeTeX] Arabtex fonts with XeTeX
reichmuth at web.de
Thu Nov 2 10:42:59 CET 2006
Peter Dyballa schrieb:
>> Is it possible to use the arabic font of ArabTeX with XeTeX ?
> XeTeX can in principle use the PostScript based fonts. The problem is
> that these fonts are not Unicode encoded, so they can't be used in
And that they're not really fonts with a somehow-1:1 relation of glyphs
to characters, but rather graphic elements that the ArabTeX engine
somehow stitches together to form characters. So I guess they're
unusable for direct use by XeTeX. Of course, you can use ArabTeX's
Arabic environments to produce Arabic output with them, but that is
possible without XeTeX as well.
On the other hand, there is little reason to still use those fonts with
XeTeX. ArabTeX has a few features that XeTeX lacks (e.g. automatic
lengthening of kasha'id in formatting poetry), but otherweise XeTeX uses
a much cleaner and more flexible approach.
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