[xep-support] XEP, Uniscribe, and Complex Fonts

From: Nathaniel Grove <ndg8f@virginia.edu>
Date: Tue Aug 21 2007 - 05:33:09 PDT

Hey XEP-Support,

I work for the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library, and we have quite
happily used XEP to produce PDFs of an on-line journal we publish
(www.jiats.org). Recently, I have been trying to create a PDF with
Tibetan Unicode font in it. Tibetan is a complex script, much like
Devanagari or Arabic, in that letters combine and form different glyphs.
We've created a Open Type Unicode Tibetan font mainly with substitution
tables in it. However, such a font properly renders in Windows only when
there is access to the Uniscribe (ups10.dll) system library. I read in
the archive that:

    XEP is a Java application. It does not use platform-dependent API.
    Uniscribe is a Win32 API for multilingual writing; XEP has no
    access to it.

But, that was in 2004, and I was wondering if there has been any
advancement in XEP's dealing with complex OpenType fonts, some work
around its inability to access Uniscribe, such as using the Java
OpenType class.

If not, can you suggest any way that we might be able to create PDFs
with Tibetan script?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Than Grove

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