[XeTeX] urgent help needed

Mohammad Gharaibeh mgharaibeh at uni-bonn.de
Tue Apr 1 09:25:22 CEST 2014

Dear all,


hope this finds everyone well.

Well, my problem will certainly look a bit stupid but there is a story
behind it I probably should start with.

In 2007/8 my colleague and me wanted to edit an Arabic manuscript and we
decided to do it with XeTeX. Everything works fine so far. But when in 2009
the funding ended we were force to put the project aside. Now, five years
later we decide to bring the project to an end and I started to work with
XeTeX again. Since we already finished the editing process I just needed to
add some corrections and everything seems fine. But then, I did something
very stupid. I connected the old laptop at which we had installed Mik Tex
and Tex Maker with the internet and the program tried to make an update.

There I recognized five years won't pass without new technological
developments. Now my system tells me that I should switch to the current
version of Mik Tex and Tex Maker too, has already been developed further. I
would have continued to use the old version if it had functioned normally.
But obviously it doesn't work normally anymore.

For this, I downloaded and installed the Mik Tex 2.9 and tried to open the
old files with it. But this does not work properly either.

I probably need to change just a few settings but after five years of not
working with XeTeX at all I am simply overstrained with it.


If anyone could help me I would be more than grateful for that!  


Here are some basic information:

We used: Mik Tex 2.7; Tex Maker; ArabXetex

We needed two different footnote settings, one for the edition (in Arabic)
and one for comments in English. If things would be easier with just one
type of footnote that would be good too. We would put the comments at
another place in the book.



Please find attached also an example with a PDF of a earlier version.


Hope, that there is a solution for my problem



Mohammad Gharaibeh



Dr. Mohammad Gharaibeh

Scientific Coordinator

University Bonn

Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg

"History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)"

Heussallee 18-24

53113 Bonn

Tel.: +49 (0) 228/73-62941

Fax: +49 (0) 228/73-62964

Mobile: +49 (0) 0163/8922005

gharaibeh at mamluk.uni-bonn.de


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