[XeTeX] Typesetting Arabic in XeLaTeX

Manuel Souto Pico m.soutopico at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 03:41:19 CET 2010


I would just update the list on one of the problems that I had, see below.
I'd be grateful for any contribution or attempt to help.

>>> 3) How can I get the date in Arabic in the title? I mean like ٣٠ كانون
>>> الثاني ٢٠١٠ or ٣٠ فبراير ٢٠١٠, which are just January 30, 2010 in Arabic,
>>> not the Hijra date according to the lunar calendar... When I used babel long
>>> ago I would put arabic as the last item in the list of parameters of the
>>> package declaration, but what should I do with arabxetex or polyglossia?
>>> I've tried \date{\arab \today} and \date{\begin{Arabic}\today\end{Arabic}},
>>> respectively, but the result is far from good.
>> I think polyglossia has some options for this but I am not sure. Read the
>> manual of polyglossia and it should contain all the details.
> Well, I did, but it's not clear to me. Section 5 talks about
> language-specific options and commands but I don't know how to use them or
> where to put them. I've tried all around. It seems what I need is
> calendar=gregorian but that's the default option already.
> From what the polyglossia manual says (section 5.1), I understand I should
get the gregorian alphabet by default. However, without defining any
calendar I get 1431 �afar 29 instead of ٢٠١٠ طابش ١٤ .


That probably means that, unless the package fails, I don't know how to
define the calendar. I don't know how to define the locale, either. Could
anyone enlighten me as to how I should use the options and end-user commands
listed in section 5.1?

This is my minimal example:

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex-xdvipdfmx
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode


\title{السلام عليكم}

وعليكم السلام

Thanks a lot!
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