[OS X TeX] Malayalam and other Indian languages on Mac
jonathan at jfkew.plus.com
Mon Jul 2 08:33:50 EDT 2012
On 02.07.2012 12:56, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 02.07.2012 um 13:27 schrieb NMPOST7:
>> I read somewhere that open type fonts do not function on Mac.
> Was this on a Classic Mac OS lovers site?
That's an unhelpful and irrelevant remark. Until the most recent
versions (10.7, possibly 10.6), Mac OS X did *not* have support for
OpenType shaping of Indic scripts (and did not ship with AAT fonts for
most Indic scripts - IIRC, only a few of the north Indian scripts were
> In this third (christian) millennium Mac OS X has pretty good
> OpenType support. You can try it for example in TextEdit.
The OP said he's using Leopard (OS X 10.5), in which case I don't
believe Indic OpenType fonts are supported - the basic characters will
render but without the proper shaping behavior. They do work properly on
10.7. (I forget whether 10.6 included Malayalam support...).
This means that most text editors, including things like TextEdit and
TeXShop, will not display the Malayalam Unicode text properly (even
after installing an OpenType-enabled font); however, it will typeset
properly in xelatex provided the font is loaded with fontspec and the
proper [Script=Malayalam] option.
It's possible that some third-party editors, including
OpenOffice/LibreOffice and perhaps Mellel, may have better Indic
OpenType support than OS X itself offered in the Leopard days. So a good
combination might be to use LibreOffice as the text editor for a xelatex
Better (but perhaps not an option, depending on hardware and finances)
would be to upgrade to OS X 10.7 and thus gain support for Malayalam in
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