# [XeTeX] Ledpar package problem

Arash Zeini azeini at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 22 01:53:45 CEST 2008

----- Original Message ----

> From: Jonathan Kew <jonathan at jfkew.plus.com>
> To: Arash Zeini <azeini at yahoo.com>; Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms <xetex at tug.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, 21 October, 2008 23:58:44
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Ledpar package problem
>
> On 21 Oct 2008, at 11:39 PM, Arash Zeini wrote:
>
> > Hi Karol,
> >
> > I am attaching a corrected version of your file. You should be able
> > to compile it now with the desired effect.
> > You had several unclosed, and in fact, unnecessary brackets in your
> > file and some '&' characters, which should read \&.
> > The main problem, however, is the use of the babel package. Experts
> > on this list will be able to tell you how to use polyglossia
> > instead. For the time being the changes I have made will be
> > sufficient. But you should really be using polyglossia.
>
> While polyglossia is worth considering as an alternative, I don't
> think babel should be a major problem. The corrected file runs OK,
> except for some remaining overfull boxes; this can be corrected by

Thanks for the clarification, Jonathan. While I use babel for my own work and don't have any problems with it, for some reason I thought that polyglossia was the way to go.

>    \tolerance=5000 % allow looser spacing
>    \hyphenpenalty=2000 % discourage excessive use of hyphenation
>
> after \begin{document}. There will be some underfull boxes, but with
> word lengths and column widths as in this sample, that's hardly
> surprising.

As for the word lengths and column widths, I personally think it would make more sense to use the parallel page feature of ledpar rather than the column feature.
Karol, if you want to try this out, just replace

\begin{pairs}
...
\Columns
\end{pairs}

with

\begin{pages}
...
\Pages
\end{pages}

Regards,
Arash