[XeTeX] Θέμα: Re: Final word on Greek hyphenation?
bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Nov 23 17:44:11 CET 2006
Le 23 nov. 06 à 16:46, Apostolos Syropoulos a écrit :
> Since the hyphenation patterns of the xetex-greek
> package are incompatible with the greek option of the
> babel package (their encodings are simply
> incompatible), it
> makes no sense to typeset using babel and xetex-greek.
With XeTeX (and Omega/Aleph/etc.) allowing direct use of Unicode
fonts, it makes no sense keeping babel the way it is.
I hope that, with XeTeX included in TeXLive and the popularity and
visibility of XeTeX growing, there will be enough incentive for
preparing a next-generation babel, replacing the all-in-one present
approach by a modular one in which the different functions would be
- Selection of hyphenation pattern.
- Definition of language-specific LaTeX strings (\chaptername,
- Implementation of language-specific typographic conventions.
- Choice of font, of writing direction (left-to-right or right-to-
left, top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top).
- Addition of language-specific macros (such as shortcuts for
entering language-specific accents, etc.).
In this way it would become possible to separate more clearly what's
already implemented at the font level and what remains to be
implemented at the TeX level.
But for sure making babel modular is no trivial task! I don't know
what the aims of the LaTeX 3 project are in this respect.
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