[Fontinst] Cyrillic

Walter Schmidt w-a-schmidt at arcor.de
Tue Apr 8 20:25:11 CEST 2003

On Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:38:24 +0200, Ulrich Dirr wrote:

>I've some questions concerning cyrillic TeX support.
>Wanted: easy keyboard input like the transliteration scheme of Walter
>Schmidt (with OT2 coded fonts)

Neither the transliteration scheme nor its implementation
were invented by me.

> but with modified input encoding. I would
>like to have a "german" input coding and not "english" (e.g., 'sch'
>instead of 'sh', 'ch' instead of 'kh', etc.pp.). How can I achieve this?

The transliteration is built into the fonts (TFMs) in form
of input ligatures.  You would have to change them.  I don't
think this is a good idea, however.  The present transliteration
scheme is sort of a standard, AFAIK.

>How can I replace CM fonts in this setup by CM-super (better cyrillic

AFAIK, CM-Super does not support the OT2 scheme with these 
ligatures.  OT2 is useful, if you want to key in Cyrillic 
text from a latin-only keyboard.  However, the OT2 character 
set and the input ligatures lead to certain deficienies as far
as correct hyphenation is concerned.  That's why the Russian
experts don't take much care of OT2...

>How can I setup other fonts which have cyrillic glyphs for use in TeX?
>What's the standard procedure? (I would like to extract the cyrillic
>part of Linotype Palatino OT, and Apostrophic Labs Propaganda, etc.pp.,
>and maybe Lazurski)

I'd like to know this, too.  An ot2.etx would be required,
and also an .mtx file with all the required ligatures.


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