[OS X TeX] Japanese XeTeX examples

suzume at mx82.tiki.ne.jp suzume at mx82.tiki.ne.jp
Tue Mar 22 18:07:58 EST 2005

I prepared a text including mostly kanji and hiragana (a "normal" text 
taken from the web), another one with only hiragana (another text from 
the web but especially written for children) and a katakana version of 
the いろは poem that is used here pretty much as the alphabet when lists 
of items must be ordered. ie:

would be

> I'm not sure it really makes sense to ask in this way; Japanese 
> writing typically mixes all three.
> Taking the first sentence of the Japanese section in CJKsample.tex, 
> for instance, we have (if I've identified the characters properly):
> katakana: コンピューター hiragana: は、 kanji: 本質的 hiragana: には kanji: 数字 
> hiragana: しか kanji: 扱 hiragana: うことができません。
> This includes Katakana (used for the word "Unicode", because it's a 
> borrowing), Kanji, and Hiragana, all in the same text. That's normal, 
> as far as I understand.

It is normal in modern Japanese, but classical Japanese for example 
uses only Kanji (with katakana annotations): Kanbun, and as mentioned 
above some text for children can be in hiragana only.

JC Helary

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