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Re: how to add special glyphs

From: Max Nikulin
Subject: Re: how to add special glyphs
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2023 21:59:31 +0700
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On 08/03/2023 07:29, Rob Sargent wrote:
LuaLaTeX may be instructed to use fallback fonts, see e.g.
To my taste it is too low level.
That I placed the unicode into the text was "too low level"?  I could argue that "it's a UTF doc", or that "\ding{55}" is bizarrely high level.  Other's have shown methods which maximize the cross export experience.  I'll consider those.  I'm not sure LuaLaTex is an option for me.

I would prefer to use Unicode symbols in UTF-8 encoded documents. While browsers and office software tries to find some substitution when some glyph is not available in requested font, configuration of LaTeX engines is more complicated. Support of Unicode in LuaTeX is much better than in pdfTeX. Unfortunately for characters outside of ~latin-1 set, all fonts must be carefully configured. I consider necessity to specify font per language and fallback fonts as too low level operations for regular users.

I do not see a robust way to determine fonts available for LaTeX to implement automatic configuration in ox-latex with reasonable amount of code.

I recommend to consider LuaLaTeX if you are going to use Unicode. Alternatives are PDF export through LibreOffice or through HTML and a browser.

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