[XeTeX] Coptic typesetting backwards with polyglossia

Jonathan Harmon jonharmon at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 02:31:35 CEST 2011

I was so pleased that the polyglossia package started supporting more
languages, including Coptic. But when I try to invoke it with \textcoptic{}
or the coptic environment, it typesets right-to-left, i.e. backwards.
Interestingly, the problem doesn't seem to exist if \textcoptic{} is not
invoked. Is there a reason for this, or was there a step I missed?

Here is the text of the example file:








Here is some English text.


And now for the Coptic:

ⲛⲁⲉⲓ ⲛⲉ ⲛ̅ϣⲁϫⲉ ⲉⲑⲏⲡ ⲉⲛⲧ-ⲁ-ⲓ̅ⲥ̅

\textcoptic{ⲛⲁⲉⲓ ⲛⲉ ⲛ̅ϣⲁϫⲉ ⲉⲑⲏⲡ ⲉⲛⲧ-ⲁ-ⲓ̅ⲥ̅}


ⲛⲁⲉⲓ ⲛⲉ ⲛ̅ϣⲁϫⲉ ⲉⲑⲏⲡ ⲉⲛⲧ-ⲁ-ⲓ̅ⲥ̅


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