[XeTeX] Word wrapping in Lao

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 16 15:12:13 CEST 2010

Haha, the power of free software. You ask for something, and before you know it, the chief-guy-in-charge responds and mentions "can be done, just tell us what you need". Much better than "thank you for contacting Microsoft Software Support. To make your Microsoft experience better, we recommend that you reboot your computer". :-))


--- On Fri, 16/4/10, Arthur Reutenauer <arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org> wrote:

> From: Arthur Reutenauer <arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org>
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Word wrapping in Lao
> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Friday, 16 April, 2010, 6:10 PM
>     Hello Brian,
>   This is exactly the problem that TeX's hyphenation
> algorithm was
> developed for.  It's exactly as you write: you give a
> list of rules
> describing where you can and you can't break words
> ("hyphenation
> patterns") and TeX does the job of finding the "nicest"
> authorized break
> for you.
>   I'm responsible with Mojca Miklavec for maintaining
> the hyphenation
> patterns in TeX Live; if you can describe the rules more
> precisely we
> can add patterns for Lao, Thai and Khmer to the set of
> patterns we
> already have (and it's already quite big, coming from
> several dozens of
> contributors all over the world).  Mojca added
> patterns for all the
> major languages of India last month but we have no
> languages from
> South-East Asia yet. I've always understood the
> word-breaking rules were
> very different from other languages but I suppose the same
> mechanism
> could be adapted; you only need to bring the linguistic
> knowledge!
>     Arthur
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