[tex-live] Install TeX Live 20130914 failed

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Sep 17 16:19:35 CEST 2013

Khaled Hosny wrote:

> Ironically, you seem to think \uselanguage does things like Babel's
> language switching (switch hyphenation patterns, fonts, font encodings,
> typographic conventions and what not), but it doesn't, it is simply a
> way to switch hyphenation patterns using human readable names, instead
> of relying on TeX's \language number which depends on what patterns were
> dumped in the format.

No, I was aware it would not change font (I do that explicitly, to
Arial Unicode MS for Hebrew) and as I am using XeTeX, font encoding is
not a concern.  I was certainly clear that it would not change
typographic conventions -- it is a part of the infrastructure,
not of a layered product such as Babel or Polyglossia that one
would expect to address such niceties.  All I want to do is to
be able to write \uselanguage {hebrew} and for this to introduce
a new hyphenation regime : patterns, LHM, RHM and so on.  If there
are no available patterns (which comes as something of a surprise :
Hebrew is hardly a minority language), then it is hard to say what
its effect should be, but to permit hyphenation everywhere would
perhaps be one possible fallback.

Philip Taylor

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