[OS X TeX] hebrew with LaTeX

Art Werschulz agw at comcast.net
Fri Jan 13 14:30:49 EST 2012


On Jan 13, 2012, at 1:52 PM, Michael Sharpe wrote:

> On Jan 12, 2012, at 5:27 PM, Art Werschulz wrote:
>> For a long time, I've been using Joel Hoffman's Hebrew TeX setup.  This mainly consists of an interface file hletter1.tex (which define \aleph, \bet, etc.), as well as MetaFont files (such as hclassic.mf) for Hebrew fonts.  This works fine for the small amount of Hebrew I might want to put into my documents (e.g., for a dedication).
>> Now the TeXLive distribution contains ArabTeX, which has a map file named arabtex.map for updmap.  Said map file has the lines
>> hclassic TeX-hclassic <hclassic-4.pfb
>> hcaption TeX-hcaption <hcaption-4.pfb
>> When I use the "out of the box" version of a new distribution, Hebrew characters all come out as little blobs.
>> Now the easy fix is to simply run
>> # updmap-sys --disable arabtex.map
>> and I'll be using my old PK fonts (e.g., hclassic.600pk).  I need to do this every time I install a new version of the TeXLive distribution.
>> How can I avoid all this?  There ought to be a way for me to easily use the hclassic-4.pfb font, rather than the PK version.  
>> Thanks.
> Those pfb fonts are set up quite oddly, having a designsize of 128pt. (10pt is much more common for a text font.) You can use them if you do in the manner of Plain TeX.
> In your preamble:
> \input hletter1
> \font\hlet=hclassic at 128pt
> In your document:
> {\hlet \aleph\bet}
> gives you the glyphs at actual 10pt size. May be OK for occasional use. (This assumes you've enabled arabtex.map, or you use pdflatex with a line
> \pdfmapfile{+arabtex.map}

I tired that, hoping that the problem was simply the design size issue.  It didn't work: there was no Hebrew whatsoever.  I also tried testfont.tex; the only thing that appeared in the table as an ayin and the aleph-lamed combination.

Maybe I wasn't clear enough in describing my problem.  In short, the PK versions of Joel Hoffman's fonts (which I've been using since at least 1997), work just fine.  But every time I update TeXLive, I need to disable arabtex.map, which uses hclassic-4.pfb.  Although this isn't a major pain, I'd like to use the most up-to-date version.  Is there something bestides hletter1.tex that I should be using?


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