[XeTeX] Arabic Transliteration

Mohammad Gharaibeh mgharaib at uni-bonn.de
Thu Dec 4 11:38:36 CET 2008

thank you for your help, but there are some questions left 
open. I don´t know how to use the Unicode characters in 
XeTeX. I already put my editor font encoding on UTF-8.


On Thu, 04 Dec 2008 08:03:21 +0100
  Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj at melroch.se> wrote:
> With XeTeX you don't need to use the TeX macros for
> combining diacritics, so why not just use the Unicode
> characters U+0351 for ayn and U+0357 for hamza if you
> want combining diacritics, or U+02BE (hamza) and U+02BF
> (ayn) if you want spacing characters.  To deem from
> what I have peripherally come across in the course of
> working on Indo-European and Indo-Iranian comparative
> philology spacing characters are the most usual,
> so you'ld write ʾalif  and ʿayn rather than a͗lif and 
> although I can certainly see why you would want to use
> combining diacritics: hamza is a combining diacritic
> in the original script, and the transliteration symbols
> are derived from the Greek breathings which are
> normally combining on lowercase letters.
> /BP
> P.S. If you are on Windows I heartily recommend
> BabelMap and BabelPad which can be found at
> <http://www.babelstone.co.uk/Software/>.
> BabelMap is a utility for finding and copying
> Unicode characters.  BabelPad is a text editor
> which has BabelMap integrated.  I even run
> BabelPad in emulation mode on Ubuntu with some
> success, preferring it to Ubuntu's built-in
> character map.
> Mohammad Gharaibeh skrev:
>> Hello all,
>> I'll create a halfring (left and right) to transliterate 
>> arabic hamza and ain. I found it much more confortable, 
>> creating an arabxetex environment with the 
>> option, because I will transliterate only a few words 
>> names.
>> I just found the other diacritics like \={a} or \d{t} 
>> example, but the ain and the hamza I coudln't find.
>> who can help me?
>> Regards,
>> Mohammad
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