[OS X TeX] Farsi and Urdu

Daniel Flatin dflatin at rcn.com
Sat Mar 4 21:10:15 EST 2006

On Mar 4, 2006, at 09:09, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> Hi,
> 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.

XeTeX does look pretty good here. Were I to suggest this path I  
suppose I would have to ensure that she had all the necessary unicode  
fonts. Is there a source that I can point her to that might  
supplement the fonts supplied with Mac OS X?

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