[XeTeX] ZHSPACING - Newbie questions

arnen at shentang.net arnen at shentang.net
Fri Nov 2 23:18:26 CET 2007

Hi all !

I have been using XeTex to reformat some chinese medical texts that I 
had originally done in Framemaker (Mac). These contain a mix of 
english, pinyin and hanzi.
A long time ago I looked at Tex but it was not practical to sort out 
CJK vs Omega vs etc. XeTex rules.

The current setup is TexLive 2007:
	XeTeX 3.141592-2.2-0.997 (Web2C 7.5.6)
	kpathsea version 3.5.6
	Compiled with ICU version 3.6 [with modifications for XeTeX]
	Compiled with zlib version 1.2.3; using 1.2.3
	Compiled with FreeType2 version 2.3.5; using 2.3.5
	Using Mac OS X Carbon, Cocoa & QuickTime frameworks

I have been having a few hassles that I haven't been able to sort out.

(The mail reader I am using (Eudora Mac) doesn't yet support UTF so I 
will also attach examples.)

1. Apostrophes & quotes seem to have too much white space. Initially 
this seemed to be due to using one font eg. STSong, to cover the 
hanzi and diacritics.

Looking through the posts I tried  \lccode"2019="0027 but this made 
no difference.

Using zhspacing made some improvement as I could use other fonts 
however it introduced it's own problem with the apostrophe.

test.tex follows:

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex -output-driver="xdvipdfmx -v"
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode


\setmainfont{Times New Roman}

% Un/Comment the following:
%\newfontfamily\zhfont{Apple LiSung} % Have to declare as don't have SimHei

`It's hard to 'say' if ``it'' doesn't like "fancy quotes".'


`It's hard to 'say' if ``it'' doesn't like "fancy quotes".'


I could just replace all right quotes with ' and rely on the Tex 
mapping but part of the exercise has been to get everything into 

2. I also seem to be having difficulties in getting grey text when 
using zhspacing.
Originally I had grey vertical text for chapter titles eg.:

(Extract from test2.tex)

Mincho Pro}#1}



\chapter[ Eight Principles and Causes of Disease]{
	\CJKTitle{} etc.

If I enable I enable zhspacing  and delete the \rotatebox I get the 
vertical text but lose the grey colour.


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