[Dev-luatex] luatex and hyphenation patterns

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 19:39:09 CET 2007

On 10/31/07, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Norbert Preining wrote:
> > Hi all!
> >
> > One user of Debian wanted to build a luatex based latex format (he
> > wanted to test some examples from the luatex.org documentation slides,
> > using the old \lua{...} code, anyway).
> >
> > Unfortunaltely this will not work in any way because there are so many
> > hyphenation patterns using non-ascii and non-utf8 content. All those of
> > course break.
> >
> > Is there any suggested way how to cope with this?
> It should be possible to use the (UTF-8) pattern files from xelatex,
> but I don't know how those are packaged.

XeTeX uses a kind-of-quick-and-dirty-hack, but it should work for LuaTeX.

Take a look into xu-XXhyph.tex (where XX denotes the language), where
you can find the following lines:

\expandafter\ifx\csname XeTeXrevision\endcsname\relax

It now recognises XeTeX, but you can modify it to recognise LuaTeX as well.

On the other hand, stary by removing (commenting) languages from
language.dat, so that there will be far less files to modify for the


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