[XeTeX] Ancient Hebrew font problem

Kirk Lowery empirical.humanist at gmail.com
Wed Aug 25 13:06:11 CEST 2010

On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM, David Perry <hospes.primus at verizon.net>wrote:

> 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.

Yes, I had to learn this by experience. I need source files that work on all
three major OSes, so I always specify font options.

You would think that OS X would grok ICU by now. Grrr!

Kirk E. Lowery, PhD
President & Senior Research Fellow
The J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research
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