ucharclasses package for XeLaTex -------------------------------- Michiel Kamermans, October 2011 The brief --------- Sometimes you don't want to have to bother with font switching just because you're using languages that are distinct enough to use different unicode blocks, but aren't covered by the polyglossia package. Where normal word processing packages such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer handle this for you, LATEX (because it needs you to tell it what to do) has no default behaviour for this, and so we arrive at a need for a package that does this for us. You probably already discovered that regular LATEX has no understanding of unicode, and ended up going for Xe(La)TeX as your TeX compiler of choice, which means you now have two excellent resources available: fontspec, and ucharclasses. The first of these lets you pick fonts based on what your system calls them, without needing to do anything special such as turning them into metafonts. This is convenient, user friendly, and the way of the future (at least, it should be). The second lets you define what should happen when your text changes from a character in one unicode block, to a character in another. This is also convenient, and paired with fontspec it offers automatic font switching in the same way that normal Office applications perform, with one big difference: you stay in control. If at some point you need the switch rule to do something different, you will be out of luck using an Office application. In Xe(La)TeX, you stay on top of things and still get to say exactly what happens, and when. So what is it? -------------- This package sets up XeTeX character classes based on which unicode block a character is found in. It then allows transition rules to be defined when entering or leaving particular unicode blocks, the code of which gets inserted automatically when a transition from a character from one unicode block to a character from another unicode block is encountered by XeTeX Current compatibility should be Unicode 6.0, although I may have missed one or more blocks that were added between 5 and 6. Credits? -------- v1.0: Mike "Pomax" Kamermans v2.0: rewritten by Enrico Gregorio License? -------- Public Domain http://www.tex.ac.uk/CTAN/help/Catalogue/licenses.pd.html Repository? ----------- https://github.com/Pomax/ucharclasses
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ucharclasses – Font actions in X∃TeX according to what is being processed
The package takes care of switching fonts when you switch from one Unicode block to another in the text of a document. This way, you can write a document with no explicit font selection, but a series of rules of the form “when entering block …, switch font to use …”.
|License||Public Domain Software|
|Copyright||2010 Michiel Kamermans|
|Contained in||TeXLive as ucharclasses|
|MiKTeX as ucharclasses|
metrics, macro incantations and other font support|
X∃TeX, material supporting it, and packages requiring it