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I have a font, and I want to refer to a specific glyph without any regards to the encoding (I am using Unicode for everything else). Just pick glyph #n out of it. Can this be done in xelatex?

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To insert a specific glyph when the glyph index is known, you can use the \XeTeXglyph primitive:

\XeTeXglyph 123 % inserts glyph with number 123
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