[XeTeX] Current state of CJK support

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 9 00:24:50 CET 2010

Hi Francois,

I think I have used gloss-japanese and gloss-nihongo. Both don't work "out-of-the-box" because you have to define special fontfamilies. I have tried to used both files on an otherwise English text. This preamble works:


\title{Survey of definitions of diffusion coefficients for nuclear reactor applications}

\author{W.F.G. van Rooijen}


% Set up page layout

  \makeevenfoot{plain}{}{\thepage}{\textit{Draft: \today}}
  \makeoddfoot{plain}{\textit{Draft: \today}}{\thepage}{}
  \makeevenfoot{headings}{}{}{\textit{Draft: \today}}
  \makeoddfoot{headings}{\textit{Draft: \today}}{}{}

% Setup line breaking etc for Japanese (this should also be satis-
% factory for non-Japanese parts of the text)
\XeTeXlinebreaklocale "ja"
\XeTeXlinebreakskip=0em plus 0.1em minus 0.01em
\newfontfamily\nihongofont{Kozuka Mincho Pro-VI}
\newfontfamily\japanesefont{Kozuka Mincho Pro-VI}

Surprisingly enough, setting the language to japanese results in a more Japanese document than setting nihongo. With "japanese", equation numbering is done in kanji, for instance.

The genzi-package states that it is specifically intended to put short bits of Japanese into an otherwise non-Japanese text. Could you contact the maintainers of gloss-japanese and gloss-nihongo? Maybe they are willing to submit the files for official inclusion. If not, I can ask one of my Japanese friends who uses latex whether he'd be willing to be the maintainer.


--- On Tue, 9/3/10, François Charette <firmicus at ankabut.net> wrote:

> From: François Charette <firmicus at ankabut.net>
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Current state of CJK support
> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Tuesday, 9 March, 2010, 5:51 AM
> On 08/03/2010 00:09, Wilfred van
> Rooijen wrote:
> > 
> > There are Japanese packages for polyglossia (the
> successor of babel for xelatex) although at present
> polyglossia does not yet officially support Japanese.
> I looked at this again today, as I am currently helping the
> folks who are preparing the new Ubuntu Manual in several
> languages with the help of xelatex and polyglossia. A few
> hours ago I received from them new gloss-*.ldf files for
> Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Japanese!
> Two more elaborate polyglossia modules for Japanese are
> available at
> http://user.math.kyushu-u.ac.jp/?iwase%2Fitoniki0
> I have also found a discussion of Japanese typesetting with
> xelatex at
> http://kuniyoshi.fastmail.fm/xetex/ where an
> alternative package genzi.sty is also presented. Nobody has
> ever contacted me about including CJK in polyglossia. I
> would not have the competence to actively maintain the
> modules for these languages, but if someone is willing to do
> it and provide active support, I would happily include it in
> the bundle.
> FC
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