# [XeTeX] Fake italics for some characters only

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Wed Dec 5 04:51:57 CET 2018

Can you provide a bit more detail? Maybe a small example document?

Alan

Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> I have a somewhat unusual problem. In a document produced using
> XeLaTeX I need to use four Unicode letters with scarce font support in
> italicized words and passages but the font which I have to use
> supports these characters only in roman. The obvious solution is to
> use the FakeSlant feature of fontspec but I don’t want to enclose
> these characters in a command argument, in the hope that a future
> version of the document can use an italic font which supports these
> characters, but neither do I (perhaps needless to say) want to use
> fake italics except for these four characters. In other words I would
> like to perform some kind of “keyhole surgery” in the preamble and use
> these characters normally in the body of the document, which I guess
> means having to make them active and somehow detect when they are
> inside the argument of \textit. (Note: it is appropriate to use
> \textit rather than \emph here because the purpose of the
> italicization is to mark text as being in an object language in a
> linguistic text.) Is that at all possible? I guess I could wrap
> \textit in a macro which locally redefines the active characters,
> but I’m not sure how to do that, nor how to access the glyphs
> corresponding to the characters once the characters are active. I am a
> user who isn’t afraid of using and making the most of various packages
> or of writing an occasional custom command to wrap up some repeatedly
> needed operation, but I am no expert. I am aware of all the arguments
> against fake italics — that is why I want to limit the damage as much
> as possible! — but I have no choice here. Waiting for the/an
> appropriate font to include italic versions of these characters is not
> an option at the moment.
>
> /Benct
>
>
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