Re: [OS X TeX] Kanbun (漢文) and French...

Jean-Christophe Helary fusion at
Fri Jan 2 21:12:58 EST 2009

On samedi 03 janv. 09, at 01:23, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 02.01.2009 um 17:09 schrieb Jean-Christophe Helary:
>> Regarding the kanbun part, I am not sure it is that simple. Because  
>> kanbun requires at least 2 signs in addition to the kanji: the  
>> okuri-gana (bottom-right) and the kaeri-ten (bottom left).
> I don't understand what you wrote. I presume that you just need to  
> select a font that has these 16 glyphs, and you're done. The  
> Hiragino fonts that come with Mac OS X have them – or we wouldn't  
> see your subject! Ahemm, these two glyphs are not taken from the  
> Kanbun block ... (U+3190…319F)

It looks like I need special packages, according to:

For example, if you check the lower third of this page:

the character [不], a character found in classical Chinese texts,  
needs to be annotated with the string [ざ] at its upper right to  
indicate its root Japanese pronunciation, the string [ル] at its  
bottom right to indicate its variable ending Japanese reading, and the  
string [レ] at its bottom left to indicate its position in a  
recomposed sentence based on Japanese syntax.

The first string is usually not required.
That last string belongs to the Kanbun block (although it is also a  
"normal" Japanese sign).

One of the package involved provides the author with a command that  
goes like this:


Where you have:


{1}=any character used in classical Chinese kanbun texts
{2}=the character reading in classical Japanese
{3}=the extra readings specific to Japanese
{4}=the position mark in the Japanese syntax

So it is not really only about having to select a font, but rather  
about having specific commands that properly display the 4 elements  

But I am still struggling to property display French...

Jean-Christophe Helary

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