Re: [xep-support] Language support

From: Eliot Kimber <>
Date: Tue Sep 13 2005 - 11:44:22 PDT

Richard Vincent wrote:
> Hi!
> I have been asked whether it is possible to publish XML to PDF in a variety
> of different languages. I know that XEP cannot properly manage THAI, but
> does anyone have any experience of the following languages?

Sesotho and Zulu are both latin-based languages and should be supported
fine, modulo hyphenation (which is always an open question irrespective
of support for the writing system involved). Bulgarian is a Cyrillic
language and should be handled fine by XEP. I use Omniglot as a source
for this sort of research:

We've found in trying to produce Hindi (Devanagari script) with XSL
Formatter that it is challenging and I would be surprised (but
pleasantly) if XEP can handle it. The problem we ran into with XSL
Formatter was that only the Windows printing APIs properly supported
Hindi glyph composition, which is somewhat similar to Thai (although not
quite as challenging). This means that for Hindi we can only produce it
on Windows and only by printing through the Acrobat printer (or by
printing to PostScript and then distilling).

I did a quick test using a Hindi FO instance and the Mangal Windows font
and got the same unusable result we get with XSL Formatter when using
their direct-to-PDF option: some glyphs are not correctly composed.



W. Eliot Kimber
Professional Services
Innodata Isogen
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Austin, TX 78759
(512) 372-8155
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