[XeTeX] Reducing ligatures in arabxetex

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Wed Feb 15 15:53:31 CET 2012

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 12:21:28AM +0000, Juan Acevedo wrote:
> Hello,
> The package arabtex has a handy switch to reduce the number of Arabic
> ligatures used: you can alternate between the essential ligatures
> (\ligsfalse) or having additionally stacking letters (\ligstrue).
> Now I'm working with arabxetex. I have to set some pages of Persian, I
> realise that Persian typesetting is sparing in its use of ligatures
> and I would like to reduce them to a minimum, like avoiding stacking
> letters. Is there any way to achieve that \ligsfalse effect in
> arabxetex, or any dirty trick to that effect someone might like to
> share?
> I have searched all over and I have been trying unsuccessfully the
> different combinations of fontspec Ligatures settings. 

Depending on the style of the font, “ligature” can be essential to get
proper rendering and disabling them would result in suboptimal (or even
illegible) rendering. If you think the font is too fancy for your needs,
then it is better to choose a different, simplified font.


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