[XeTeX] translating CSs into Persian (New XeTeX primitive required)

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Sat Mar 28 17:43:31 CET 2009

On 28 Mar 2009, at 16:22, وفا خلیقی wrote:

> Hi Jonathan
> Today, I was playing with control sequences in Plain TeX and LaTeX  
> and was translating them into Persian using \let and \def control  
> sequences. But when it comes to \let and \def themselves, this  
> approach does not make any sense and in fact has side effects.

What kind of effects? It seems to me you can write


and then use

   \تر\someOtherMacroName{macro definition....}

if you really want to. Does that not work?

> So I think it is nice if you could add one primitive namely  
> "semiticname" so that we can translate all CSs without side effects.
> so let's say I want to translate "def" primitive into its  
> corresponding Persian primitive, then I could have
> \semiticname{def}{تر}
> or something like that.
> The other thing is that as you know hyperref and color packages got  
> issues with RTL in XeTeX. so if you could define two new primitives  
> namely "beginspecial" and "endspecial", then I as a macro packager  
> could easilly write a patch for hyperref and color packages so that  
> the intended code goes between "beginspecial" and "endspecial"  
> primitives.

What do you envisage that \beginspecial and \endspecial would do? I  
know there are issues because of the hlist reversal that happens in  
RTL, but I don't understand what you are intending these primitives to  
do in order to solve that.


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