[XeTeX] new to xetex: need help w/ typesetting Syriac

Gareth Hughes garzohugo at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 17:06:31 CEST 2009

Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 27.04.2009 um 14:08 schrieb Gareth Hughes:
>> This is a test of Syriac (\textsyriac{ܣܘܪܝܝܐ}) % the  
>> '\textsyriac' command is a 'polyglossia' command that switches to  
>> the Syriac font we've defined and changes to right-to-left  
>> directionality; used for short bits of text
>> and Arabic (\textarabic{العربية}) % the same for Arabic
>> using \XeLaTeX.% a little macro for typesetting XeLaTeX
> This is fontspec, using the declared font ... (later polyglossia  
> environments follow)
> --
> Greetings
>    Pete

Actually, the fontspec commands defined by \newfontfamily are
\syriacfont and \arabicfont. \textsyriac is a polyglossia command that
switches to \syriacfont *and* changes directionality using bidi.sty.


Gareth Hughes

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Oriental Institute
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