[XeTeX] Hyphenating Tamil

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Thu Jun 24 18:14:11 CEST 2010

Am Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:55:50 +0530 schrieb Venkatesan. S.K. (TNQ):

> Hi,
> I am trying to demo XeTeX for a Tamil conference coming up in a couple of
> days from now.
> I am not able to make words break although I try different things.
> I found that Santhosh Thottingal's hyphenation patterns is there
> (texmf\tex\generic\hyph-utf8\patterns\hyph-ta.tex)
> and it does get loaded by
> texmf\tex\generic\hyph-utf8\loadhyph\loadhyph-ta.tex file also.
> But I am not able to break any word at all.

Well you are using the french language (\usepackage[french]{babel})
so naturally it will not use tamil hyphenation. Try
\hyphenrules{tamil} at the start of the document (after
\begin{document}) or \begin{hyphenrule}{tamil} ...
\end{hyphenrules}} if you want the hyphenation only for some parts
of your document.

You should also consider to use \usepackage[french]{polyglossia}
instead of babel. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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