[XeTeX] Turning Arabic ligature OFF

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Tue Nov 25 09:19:10 CET 2008

Could you perhaps put \kern 1sp between the characters?  That will look 
messy on screen but you could make some unobtrusive and unwanted character 
active (say the Greek lenis if you don't need it) and then define it as 
{\kern 1sp}.  And if at some points you want to allow a line-break you could 
select another character (say the Greek asper) and define that as {\hskip 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jonathan Kew" <jonathan at jfkew.plus.com>
To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Turning Arabic ligature OFF

> On 25 Nov 2008, at 20:41, Heba Soliman wrote:
>> Thank you Mr Francois for solving the ligature problem, but there is
>> another problem appeared the non-space joiner makes a big space, do
>> you
>> have any suggestions to fix this problem.
> This indicates (I think) that the zero-width joiner character is not
> supported in the font you are using, and therefore gets replaced by
> the font's ".notdef" glyph, which you are seeing as a large space.
> If I'm right about this, it is a deficiency in the font, and I can't
> think of a good workaround right now. My suggestion would be to select
> a different font.
> JK
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