[XeTeX] Character Variants

David Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Sun Mar 27 14:18:49 CEST 2011

All of what Matthew wrote is true.  I suggested using the \char" method 
because the original poster said he was using Alt-x, which implied to me 
that he didn't have a convenient keyboard entry method available for the 
characters in question -- otherwise he would have used it instead of Alt-x.

I hope he'll let us know, one way or another, since I am curious about this.


On 3/27/2011 7:40 AM, mskala at ansuz.sooke.bc.ca wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Mar 2011, David Perry wrote:
>> character.  You can enter characters by number in XeTeX with \char"XXXX; so
>> try
>> \char"8FBB\char"E0100
> If it's just a question of getting in the characters, which the font will
> then process by glyph substitution, it should work to simply include the
> desired characters literally in XeTeX's input.  I haven't tried that with
> variant selectors, but it works for me with private-use characters, even
> outside the Basic Multilingual Plane.  I tried to demonstrate in this
> message, only to discover when I attempted to send it, that my *email
> server* doesn't support the literal characters even if XeTeX, my editor,
> my keyboard config, and my email client all do.
> The advantage to using the literal characters is that if your editor
> display supports them, they will appear more nicely during editing; the
> advantage to using \char" escapes is that then the input remains in ASCII
> and will better survive passage through systems (like email) that may
> not support the literal characters.

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