[XeTeX] XeLaTeX, xeCJK, Japanese: some general questions

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 5 06:28:27 CEST 2013

Hello Kohda-sensei,

I tried uplatex and the ujbook class. The result is actually very good - even the Japanese fonts have boldface and everything. I have one question: I use 


This works correctly. In japanese.ldf there is an option "西暦" to switch the year counting to western or Japanese style. How do I turn this on?


----- Original Message -----
> From: Atsuhito Kohda <kohda at pm.tokushima-u.ac.jp>
> To: xetex at tug.org
> Cc: 
> Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:44 AM
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] XeLaTeX, xeCJK, Japanese: some general questions
> Hi all,
> On Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:31:50 -0700, Wilfred van Rooijen wrote:
>>  About the gloss-japanese and gloss-nihongo.... 
> I'm not a Polyglossia user so not so sure but I know that
> TeXLive 2012/2013 already contains japanese.ldf like
> /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/platex/japanese/japanese.ldf
> on my Debian system.
>>  An English translation of the xeCJK manual would be very much 
>>  appreciated (for me, Japanese is also acceptable....). 
> I can't find so many appropriate sites but there are some site 
> on xeCJK written in japanese:
> http://zrbabbler.sp.land.to/xelatex.html
> http://oku.edu.mie-u.ac.jp/~okumura/texwiki/?xeCJK
>>  I don't know why there are apparently so few Japanese users of xetex 
>>  and xelatex. 
> Because there is pTeX from the beginning.
>>  the few people I know who use tex at all use platex + dvips + all 
>>  kinds of horrible things to make their files. 
> I don't understand what you mean with "all kinds of horrible 
> things"
> but, recently, pTeX/upTeX accepts a file of utf-8 encoding and
> dvipdfmx might be more standard than dvips.
> On Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:26:15 -0700, Wilfred van Rooijen wrote:
>>  Or should we forget about XeLaTeX and go for luaLaTeX? 
> In TeXLive 2012/2013, we already have LuTeX-ja so LuaLaTeX is 
> a good candidate but I don't think we need to forget XeLaTeX.
> If you don't need vertical typesettings, I believe both 
> LuaLaTeX and XeLaTeX are good enough.
> If you need vertical typesettings, I think only pTeX/upTeX 
> is useful practically at present.
> Best regards,            2013-6-5(Wed)
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