# [XeTeX] Faking an accent when that glyph is unavailable

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Thu Apr 9 09:36:11 CEST 2009

Hello Henry

In such situtations I still find a use for ancient macros.  The following
should superimpose the Hungarian double acute on the o.

Before you actually need it, give:

\def\overstrike#1#2{\leavevmode
\setbox0=\hbox{#1}\setbox1=\hbox{#2}\copy0
\kern -0.5\wd0 \kern -0.5\wd1 \copy1 \kern -0.5\wd1 \kern 0.5\wd0}

Then define your 'o with Hungarian double acute' as follows:

\def\hungo{\overstrike{o}{\char"02DD}}

And whenever you want this character just type \hungo:  so Erd{\hungo}s

(I personally prefer that visually to Erd\hungo s  - but Erd\hungo s will do
it also.)  If you don't like '\hungo' just replace it with whatever you're
comfortable with.

This is hamfisted (based on the old days when to get a thorn on the
typewriter one used to type a p then backspace and type a b), but if you
just want the printout to be right, it should be OK - assuming, of course,
that 02DD really is in the font you are using!

Best

John

----- Original Message -----
From: "Henry de Valence" <hdevalence at gmail.com>
To: "XeTeX mailing list" <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2009 2:19 AM
Subject: [XeTeX] Faking an accent when that glyph is unavailable

> I'm writing a document using a font (Aldus LT Std) that doesn't contain
> the
> character ő (U+0151, LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH DOUBLE ACUTE).
>
> However I need to use the name "Erdős", and I don't want to use just a
> normal
> umlaut, because that would be wrong. I have already tried using \H{o} and
> simply 'ő' in the source, but they don't work because the font is missing
> that
> glyph. I found that the font does have a character for just the accent
> (U+02DD), but I don't know how to get that character or how to put it over
> top
> of the 'o'. Text-searchability isn't a big issue, because I'm just going
> to
> print it anyways, so something that looks roughly correct would work fine.
>
> I have tried the following:
> Erdo\XeTeXglyph"02dd" s
> but it just produces the following text:
> Erdo!dd˝ s
> which is clearly not what I want.
>
> If anyone knows of a way to fake this, advice would be welcome.
> Thanks,
> Henry de Valence
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