[XeTeX] Ancient Hebrew font problem

David Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Wed Aug 25 04:58:02 CEST 2010

On 8/24/2010 8:17 PM, Gareth Hughes wrote:
> The fontspec manual discusses the difference between ICU and AAT font
> handling. Macs use the latter, Linux and other operating systems use the
> former.
This is true, but remember that OS X can also use Windows-style TrueType 
or OpenType fonts with no problem for standard scripts.  In 10.4 Apple 
added support for OpenType Arabic, but not for Hebrew (as far as I know).

So if you are using, e.g., the SBL Hebrew font (which doesn't come in a 
native AAT version) you would need to declare the script in order to 
activate the ICU renderer and get support for mark positioning via the 
OT features built into the font, whereas you wouldn't do so when working 
with a native AAT font.


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