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Typesetting non-Roman languages

Version: 4.x & 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

The program supports typesetting of non-Roman languages. You can

  • Typeset PDF documents using XeTeX, an adaptation of TeX that is available with TeX Live, which includes support for many languages. Typeset DVI documents are not available with XeTeX.

  • Typeset DVI documents using the Omega Lambda system, which is provided with Versions 4.x and 5.x of SWP and SW. Creating typeset PDF files from such documents isn't possible from within SWP or SW.

The program includes shells for producing documents with both systems in Russian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Follow the general process outlined in the links below to typeset documents in other languages as well, if you're working on a Windows 2000 or Windows XP system.

Using Lambda

To typeset non-Roman languages, you must have the appropriate Windows font for non-Roman characters installed on your computer. Cyrillic and Greek characters in the sample documents use the Unicode version of the Times New Roman fonts. The Unicode version of the fonts is installed with Windows NT/2000/XP or with the multilanguage support to Windows 95/98/Me. The Japanese and Chinese characters use MS Mincho, a font that is installed with the Japanese language support for Windows 2000/XP/Me or MS Office 2000.

Because specific typesetting specification information must be included in documents using non-Roman languages, you can't successfully typeset non-Roman languages if you start a new document using the shell documents in Version 4.x or the shell documents in any but the International directory in Version 5.x. However, the necessary typesetting specifications are included in the sample documents installed with the program (see the TCITeX\doc\Omega\MSI directory in your program installation), and you can successfully start new documents using one of them. You can export one of the sample documents as a shell (.shl) document, then start your non-Roman documents with the new shell.

  1. In Version 5.x, open a new file using one of the shells in the International directory.


    In Version 4.x, open one of the sample documents located in the TCITeX\doc\Omega\MSI directory of your program installation or the shell that you've created using one of the sample documents.

  2. Choose the Lambda typesetting system:

    1. Choose Typeset, choose Expert Settings, and then choose the Format Settings tab in Version 4.x or the DVI Format Settings tab in Version 5.x.

    2. Click the arrow next to the Select a formatter box to display the available formatters.

    3. Select TeXLive Lambda and choose OK.

  3. Enter the content.

  4. Save the document.

    NoteTo typeset with Lambda in Version 5.5, you must save your document with the ASCII (Normal) character set.

  5. Preview or print your document with the Lambda typesetting system.

Special considerations for Version 4.x

Using the Greek language with SW 4.x still raises several problems. In particular, if you bold Greek text, the program converts it to mathematics. Also, hyphenation patterns are not included in the LaTeX format files provided with the program. Therefore, editing complex Greek language documents with Version 4.x should be considered carefully, although the tools and support included are probably adequate for casual use.

How to typeset in non-Roman languages

Last revised 07/09/07

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