[XeTeX] Syriac abbreviations, and issues with polyglossia, fontspec and bidi

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Tue Dec 22 19:05:19 CET 2009

Hi Gareth, and Fr Michael,

On 23/12/2009, at 2:17 AM, Fr. Michael Gilmary wrote:

> Gareth Hughes wrote:
>> I know most syriacists working on Macs end up using Mellel as  
>> their Syriac word processor. Does anyone happen to know how that  
>> handles complex Unicode layouts?
> FWIW --- although I'm no Syriac scholar --- I tried your sample  
> text with the SAM (as you say) in Mellel ... and all the fonts come  
> out the same: no extension of the abbreviation marker.

Me neither, but I get what looks to be the same result with XeTeX on  
a Mac.
(see attached image)

> <Picture 1.png>

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Gareth, can you please post images of
  a. the *correct* appearance of these characters in a word;
  b. an example of the incorrect rendering that you would
     like improved. (e.g. from XeTeX, on ... )

Without this, there are very few people who can possibly look
into what is the root cause of your issue.

> Of course, I don't think I have the latest version of Mellel, either.

Hope this helps,


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