[texhax] Typesetting in Hebrew

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Tue Nov 19 16:44:26 CET 2013

I do not know anything about Hebrew, but it might be an idea you you post some examples (minimal) of what you have done.

Clearly a text with both english and hebrew texts need clear separation between the two.

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

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Sent: 19 November 2013 05:34
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Subject: [texhax] Typesetting in Hebrew


Though I still use (La)TeX for some simple English documents, I left off
using it several years ago due to it being quite unable to support
Hebrew (without doing backflips, cartwheels, and painful contortions).
Now, with utf8 evolving as the new text standard, I'm hoping things are,
or will be different.

Already I've been able to view some very simple Hebrew using XeTeX and
the TeXworks "editor".  However, the result is quite awful.  In terms of
display, if I input the following text:
        This is a simple English sentence.
and it were displayed as:
        English .sentence simple a is This
the average user would be outraged, but this on my first simple test, is
almost exactly what I get: gibberish.

Are there any actual Hebrew users here?  I couldn't find an IL or He
user group.

I know there's a plethora of attempts to solve this, but what is the
current state of affairs, and where do I go for the most authoritative
information?  XeTeX and TeXworks seems to be a good starting place if
they are able to fix their very broken Hebrew support.

Feed back would be most welcome!  (I'm working on two projects: writing
a prayer book with combined English and Hebrew.  Formatting the text of
the Tanach/Torah.  Accuracy is very much required!)

Thank you and Shalom.

Dale Edmons
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