[XeTeX] forming a star around a number in Arabic script

Apostolos Syropoulos asyropoulos at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 14 13:16:52 CET 2007

Why don't you use the picture environment?
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----- Original Message ----
From: Computer Support Chad <computer_support_chad at sil.org>
To: xetex at tug.org
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 12:58:45 PM
Subject: [XeTeX] forming a star around a number in Arabic script


I have a challenge for someone out there. I'm working in Arabic script, and 
have a need to include numbers in the text (in Hindi number format) that are 
superscripted and enclosed in a kind of "star". I have included an image below, 
but I don't know if that can come through on the list. (I can email it 
offline if anyone is interested.) The image shows a "star" that is actually 
the outside border of two squares rotated 45 degrees from each other. It may be 
acceptable for the actual shape of the "star" in my application to be different, 
so if someone wanted to produce a circle or a square (at least as a first 
draft), I would be interested in that as well.


So is anyone up to the challenge of producing a (Xe)TeX macro that will do 








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