[XeTeX] opentype arabic font rendering in mac osx (snow leopard and lion)

Youssef Cherem ycherem at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 17:52:08 CEST 2011

I can see there's an issue with Adobe Arabic, and PDF can be viewed properly with other fonts. But even Times New Roman doesn't have any ligatures when I write something in Word or Pages -- and in Word I can't even see the Arabic fonts in the menu (Asian fonts appear, though). Maybe it's a deficiency of the programs themselves.

Perhaps they'll appear in Mellel. I haven't installed Adobe Reader yet because it just seemed too bloated (more than 400mb just for a reader).

Em 03/08/2011, às 08:20, Youssef Cherem escreveu:

> Hi,
> I've tried for weeks now to open pdfs created with xelatex with opentype arabic fonts, but they don't render well (letters appear jumbled) with preview or other pdf viewers -- except, strangely enough, with Texwork's pdf viewer.  
> In Pages or Word, opentype arabic doesn't make ligatures, which makes them useless for writing Arabic. With TextEditor, I can get ligatures without any problem.
> AAT fonts, on the contrary, are ok.
> Is there any way of correcting (or at least circumventing) this problem?
> Below are two examples of how things look in Texworks:
> <arabic in texworks.jpg>
> And the same pdf in Viewer:
> <arabic in viewer.jpg>

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