[XeTeX] Ancient Hebrew font problem

Karljurgen Feuerherm kfeuerherm at wlu.ca
Wed Aug 25 01:48:22 CEST 2010


As I do some Hebrew, and have just migrated to a Mac (last month), I am
curious why the font feature need not be declared on a Mac?



>>> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at  4:02 PM, in message
<4C72D3DD.8000905 at gmail.com>,
Gareth Hughes <garzohugo at gmail.com> wrote: 
> Carsten Ziegert wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am facing a problems with hebrew vowels while trying three
>> fonts (see example file):
>> With SBL Hebrew and Ezra SIL, the vowels are too much on the left
>> the consonants.
>> Cardo seems ok, except for shureq (leftmost letter of the third and
>> fourth word from the left). The point is on the right hand side of
>> Waw consonant instead of on the left.
>> System specs: Ubuntu Karmic, fontspec 2010/08/01 v2.0c,
>> XeTeXk, Version 3.141592-2.2-0.996-patch2 (Web2C 7.5.6)
>> What can I do to achieve the correct vowel adjustment? Does anyone
>> experiences with fonts for Biblical Hebrew?
>> Thanks,
>> Carsten
> Dear Carsten,
> The problem arises from not telling fontspec you're writing in
> you need to declare the font feature Script=Hebrew (you wouldn't
> this on a Mac). To do this you need the format
> \fontspec[Script=Hebrew]{Ezra SIL} or whatever font you desire.
> Are you using that format for a reason? I would prefer to use
> polyglossia for a bilingual document:
> \usepackage{xltxtra, polyglossia}
> \setmainlanguage{english}
> \setotherlanguage{hebrew}
> \newfontfamily\hebrewfont[Script=Hebrew]{Ezra SIL}
> \begin{document}
> Ezra SIL: \texthebrew{וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָיְתָ֥ה תֹ֨ה֙ וָבֹ֔ה}
> \end{document}
> Gareth.
> --------------------------------------------------
> Subscriptions, Archive, and List information, etc.:
>   http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex

More information about the XeTeX mailing list