[OS X TeX] LaTeX with Chinese Characters

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Oct 19 08:09:39 EDT 2005

On 19 Oct 2005, at 12:55 pm, Jung-Tsung Shen wrote:

> On 10/18/05, Jose Figueroa-O'Farrill <j.m.figueroa at ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Jung-Tsung> I was trying to compile a document containing chinese
>> Jung-Tsung> characters...
>> You may want to install XeTeX from Jonathan's Kew directory in the
>> i-Installer.  There's been a recent thread at the XeTeX mailing list
>> (xetex at tug.org) about vertical and right-to-left typesetting of
>> Chinese texts.  I've been using XeTeX with Japanese characters
>> (embedded in a mostly romaji document) and it works like a charm.
>> Cheers, José
>   José,
> Thanks very much for the information. To accommodate Chinese
> characters in the document seems to be more involved than I originally
> expected -- I was thinking this achieved by invoking a package or sort
> alike.
> I don't need either the vertical, or the right-to-left typesetting,
> just the ability to compile Chinese characters ... :-|

With XeTeX, using Chinese characters in the document is pretty  
simple; you just select a font that supports the characters (easiest  
if you use the fontspec package with LaTeX), and enter the characters  
directly. From the CJKsample.tex file that is included with XeTeX  

% (preamble...)
\setromanfont{Apple LiSung Light}

% (in body of document...)
\section{Entering CJK text}

You can just enter Unicode text directly in the document: 你好.  
Don't use legacy \LaTeX\ packages such as \verb|inputenc| or \verb| 
CJK|, as \XeTeX\ reads the text as Unicode characters...

% Simple as that!

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