[OS X TeX] Farsi and Urdu

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sat Mar 4 09:09:06 EST 2006


On 4 Mar 2006, at 14:57, Daniel Flatin wrote:

> I have a friend who is looking for a good method for writing  
> scholarly papers about Afghanistan and the area. She will need to  
> include Farsi and Urdu text in the documents. I have looked around  
> and found the ArabTeX package <ftp://ftp.informatik.uni- 
> stuttgart.de/pub/arabtex/arabtex.htm>, and I was wondering if  
> anyone in this group had any familiarity with this package or  
> anything similar.

Might using XeTeX be an option, or do the papers need to be published  
elsewhere? I imagine that using direct unicode input is a lot easier  
than most other 8 bit encodings, especially when languages are mixed.  
And no, I do not have much experience, other than with XeTeX a  
Chinese colleague was able to write happy new year (in Chinese, in a  
LaTeX document) without any configuration on my part. I found that  
pretty amazing.

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