[XeTeX] OpenType codes for non-European languages
jonathan at jfkew.plus.com
Wed Jul 30 23:45:03 CEST 2008
On 30 Jul 2008, at 8:10 PM, Robert Zydenbos wrote:
> I'm interested in using XeTeX for Indological work, using freely
> available OpenType fonts for Indian languages such as Kannada and
> The XeTeX documentation gives a sample of how to use Devanagari
> with a command for complex layout features so that the ligatures are
> produced correctly, like:
> \font\body="Raghindi:script=deva" at 10pt \body
> Here the ":script=deva" tells XeTeX to use the ligature information in
> the font (in this case a Devanagari font).
> Does anyone know where to get a complete list of such script codes?
You can find all the registered OpenType tags in the spec on
See "script tags" in particular.
Regarding which scripts are actually supported in XeTeX, you'd need to
check the ICU layout engine. According to http://icu-project.org/userguide/layoutEngine.html
, "OpenType processing requires script-specific processing to be done
before the tables are used. The ICU LayoutEngine performs this
processing for Arabic, Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya,
Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, and Malayalam text." However, this list is not
fully up-to-date; IIRC, we also have support for Sinhala, Tibetan, and
Syriac, for example, and perhaps others -- I don't remember offhand.
Note that if you're using XeLaTeX, the fontspec package provides
"real" names for the scripts, so you'd say things like
and so on. See the fontspec documentation for more details.
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