[XeTeX] cbgreek fonts

David Purton dcpurton at marshwiggle.net
Tue Aug 26 10:10:54 CEST 2008

Hi all,

I've just started playing with XeTeX, because getting unicode biblical
Hebrew to work with LaTeX became too hard...

I've now got Hebrew working well, but haven't yet got Greek working like
what I want.

I was using the cbgreek font family with LaTex and would like to
continue using this family. What is the best way to do this?

I tried using CMU Serif from

This has almost worked, but for some reason some incorrect characters
are used. For example instead of using the standard U+03B2 for β, it
pulls U+F147 from the Private Use Area. Similarly, U+F149 is taken for θ
instead of the correct U+03B8.

My input files are in UTF-8 and seem to otherwise work correctly.

Is this problem with the font or with XeTeX? If the problem is with
XeTeX, can anyone suggest a fix?

I'm runing Debian Sid with the following version of XeTeX if that helps:

$ xelatex -version
XeTeX 3.141592-2.2-0.996-patch2 (Web2C 7.5.6)
kpathsea version 3.5.6
Copyright 2007 SIL International.
Kpathsea is copyright 2007 Karl Berry and Olaf Weber.
There is NO warranty.  Redistribution of this software is
covered by the terms of both the XeTeX copyright and
the Lesser GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the file
named COPYING and the XeTeX source.
Primary author of XeTeX: Jonathan Kew.
Kpathsea written by Karl Berry, Olaf Weber, and others.

Compiled with ICU version 3.4 [with modifications for XeTeX]
Compiled with zlib version; using
Compiled with FreeType2 version 2.3.6; using 2.3.7
Compiled with fontconfig version 2.6.0; using 2.6.0
Compiled with libpng version 1.2.27; using 1.2.27
Compiled with libpoppler version 3.00

David Purton
dcpurton at marshwiggle.net
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to
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                                 2 Chronicles 16:9a
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