[XeTeX] Japanese, Chinese, Korean support for Polyglossia

Gerrit z0idberg at gmx.de
Fri Jul 23 18:26:09 CEST 2010

No problem. I also don’t understand everything.

I think, Korean is really easy to implement. As far as I know, modern 
Korean typography is almost the same as western typography:

- it has word spacing
- uses an alphabet (ok, sometimes Chinese characters in between, but 
that is not really a problem) with no fancy effects unlike Japanese
- uses Western punctuation (., etc.)
- is only written horizontally
- only uses arabic digits

the only problem there would be:

- increase the line spacing – There is a package for that, right?
- the chapter number would have to be put between two syllables (does 
Latex support that?)
- we would need to look for translations - I don’t know Korean, so it’s 
hard for me to provide the translations.

Simplified Chinese should also be quite easy. That is almost the same as 
Korean, with the exception that it does not have word spacing (which may 
have quite difficult effects on line breaking).

I will try to look for translations of the phrases used by polyglossia 
tomorrow in the library. I think, it should not be that hard to find 
(someone needs to proofread it, though). I don’t know about Korean 
footnotes, but I will check that out. But I think they use the same one 
as in Western texts, so we could just use the Latex footnotes.

If someone of you could help with the tex programming, we could easily 
finish a Korean template for polyglossia :)


Am 24.07.2010 00:10, schrieb David Perry:
> See Mike's answer to me.  I had been reading the fontspec docs recently
> and wasn't sure if you had looked at them. But I know very little about
> CJK; as often, a little knowledge turns out to be a dangerous thing.
> David

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