# [XeTeX] Fake italics for some characters only

Benct Philip Jonsson bpj at melroch.se
Wed Dec 5 17:19:37 CET 2018

John, Zdenek, thanks for your most helpful hints.

Below is what I came up with eventually, with MWE attached. The
spacing adjustments are still subject to change. I have no idea
why the spacing adjustments are required in roman! It turns out I
need to fake bold as well, and I will probably need to redefine
\textbf eventually, without breaking things I hope!

which leaked through to the output, but I ended up using more
LaTeXy language to help myself keep things straight in my head
when I added the bold(italic) alternatives.

Ross, I believe I am subscribed with my bpj at melroch.se address. If
there is a problem with this mail too I'm probably not, otherwise
there may have been a glitch with using an alternate From address
on my phone. I have my email forwarded around a lot these days.
Hard to disentagle!

/bpj


\usepackage{ifthen}
\usepackage{newunicodechar}
\newfontface\fakeslantfont{FreeSerif}[FakeSlant=0.3]
\newfontface\fakeboldfont{FreeSerif}[FakeBold=1.05]
\newfontface\fakeboldslantfont{FreeSerif}[FakeBold=1.1,FakeSlant=0.3]
\newcommand\objLang[1]{{\italictrue\textit{#1}}} % (double braces
to keep things local).
\newcommand\myStrong[1]{{\boldtrue\textbf{#1}}}
\newif\ifitalic
\newif\ifbold
\newcommand\fakeBSChar[1]{% #1 = the char
\newunicodechar{#1}{{%
\ifthenelse{\boolean{italic}}{%
\ifthenelse{\boolean{bold}}{%
\fakeboldslantfont\hspace{-0.07em}#1\hspace{0.05em}}{%
\fakeslantfont\hspace{-0.05em}#1\hspace{0.05em}}}{%
\ifthenelse{\boolean{bold}}{%
\fakeboldfont\hspace{-0.05em}#1\hspace{0.02em}}{%
\hspace{-0.03em}#1}}}}
}


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