[XeTeX] Xetex in lao (another try)

Robert M Campbell robert.rcampbell at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 06:01:17 CEST 2013


As for patching ICU, here is what they did for me:

It should be 'copy-and-paste' for many parts, but might be wise to have
someone more experienced in programming than myself double check and
compile things...

Or better yet, is there someone who would be willing to mentor me
through the steps, so that I can get some experience in this field? (I'd
like to get a better feel for programming, but have minimal experience
in C/C++) If so, though it may take more work, could help me in the
future submit patches more easily. I'd like to do something similar for
firefox, inkscape, openoffice, libreoffice, etc. The more I can do for
them upfront, the better.

ICU does various boundary detections, but if only the word break
iterator is being used, then a solution for syllables would be needed
for hyphenation...

Thankfully, I have a Lao Syllable List attached (ods spreadsheet), as
well as a document (pdf) describing how things work (if a regex method
would be preferred). Could this be useful for hyphenation? What is the
best approach?

Sometimes, especially for foreign words, syllables break the 'standard'
spelling conventions... And as of yet, there isn't an accepted standard
for these cases (though the Lao government is working on such a
standard). So may end up with some hiccups with foreign words (possibly
unavoidable until more data is acquired). I have attempted, in helping
collect this data, that all variant spellings (whether standard or not)
be included. This, in my opinion, would make for less immediate problems
for users who may not use the standard spellings.

Anyways, let me know your thoughts!


*Robert M Campbell*
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On 09/23/2013 01:44 AM, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 07:46:17PM +0200, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>> One thing I don't know is whether ICU only breaks between words or
>> also between syllables. (If it only breaks between words you would
>> still need hyphenation patterns. If it breaks between syllables as
>> well, you don't need anything else.)
> We only used the word breaking from ICU, so unless syllable boundaries
> are valid word breaks, hyphenation will still be needed.
> Regards,
> Khaled

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