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The following example displays the English text alright, but not the Thai text. It is simply left blank in the PDF result.


\setmainfont{Times New Roman}


Here comes some Thai: สารบัญ

{\sffamily Here comes some Thai: สารบัญ}

If I change the \setdefaultlanguage to thai, it works, but that's not the idea as this is an English document.

Any suggestions?

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You are nowhere telling xelatex that you wish to switch to thai. Use either \setotherlanguage{thai} and \selectlanguage{thai}, or at least use the \thaifont command.

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I thought the whole idea of Unicode input in XeLaTeX was that XeLaTeX "just works" with that. In any case, I've added the \setotherlanguage{thai} line but that has no effect. Your other suggestions require that I know in advance that the following text actually will be in Thai. In my case, that's not practical as I process unknown text automatically. –  kongo09 Aug 3 '11 at 14:11
Sorry, I misunderstood you. \setotherlanguage{thai} obviously only works together with \selectlanguage{thai}. Yes, that works. But unfortunately leaves me with the problem that I would have to know where in the text the Thai script is sitting. I guess the solution would be to find a rather complete unicode font that has the scripts like Thai covered and use that as main font. –  kongo09 Aug 3 '11 at 14:17
It is possible (with \XeTeXintercharclass/\XeTeXinterchartoks) to setup things so that XeTeX automatically switch to another font. –  Ulrike Fischer Aug 3 '11 at 14:27
That's interesting! This lead me to the ucharclasses package, which doesn't seem to be part of the large standard distributions. A simple \setTransitionTo{Thai}{\fontspec{Norasi}} does the trick. Unfortunately, the package seems to be very computationally intensive as it makes the whole process quite slow. –  kongo09 Aug 3 '11 at 15:18

Thanks for this! It helped me a lot, but it still required some experiments to get it working. Hence, I would like to contribute a functional example here:

File letter-preamble-th.tex

%%% IMPORTANT --- must be compiled with XeLaTeX!!! %%%



\setmainfont{Times New Roman}



\usepackage[breaklinks=true, linkcolor=darkblue, menucolor=darkblue, urlcolor=darkblue]{hyperref}


% Zum Testen


      \vspace*{0.46cm} % offset for align the top border with the head of the wizard

    \texttt{1CB2 35C8 F3B0 236A C46D}\\ 
    \texttt{38FB 289F 1C57 2BA1 020C}\\

% Header for all other pages

    Example footer | {\selectlanguage{thai}ติดต่อ ประชาสัมพันธ์มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่} \\
    And some more Thai: {\selectlanguage{thai}มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่} |  More nonsense: TH 245\,111\,222\\
    Some people or companies put their bank coordinates here in the footer -- hence this example\\

% Sender
\setkomavar{fromaddress}{{\selectlanguage{thai}239 ถนนห้วยแก้ว}\\{\selectlanguage{thai}ต.สุเทพ อ.เมือง}\\{\selectlanguage{thai}จ.เชียงใหม่ 50200}\\Thailand}

% \setkomavar{fromlogo}{\adjustbox{valign=t}{
%   \hspace{-1.1cm} % Offset for align the center of the wizard with the text
%   \includegraphics[height=2.5cm]{img/logo.png}}}
\setkomavar{fromname}{Marco {\selectlanguage{thai}หงุ่ยตระกูล}}

File example-letter-th.tex

%%% IMPORTANT --- must be compiled with XeLaTeX!!! %%%


\setkomavar{date}{ 2015-04-27 }

\setkomavar{subject}{Example letter English/{\selectlanguage{thai}ไทย} (Thai)}

\newcommand{\openingText}{Dear Ladies, dear Sirs,}

\newcommand{\closingText}{Yours sincerely,}
\setkomavar{signature}{Marco {\selectlanguage{thai}หงุ่ยตระกูล}-Schulze}

  \begin{letter}{#2 #1\\#3}

this is an example letter using English and Thai -- mixed {\selectlanguage{thai}พสกนิกรสุดปลื้มปีติ} like this.

Unfortunately, it is necessary to switch explicitly to Thai using:
``\{\textbackslash{}selectlanguage\{thai\}XXX\}'' where ``XXX''
are Thai letters. I read some hints that XeLaTeX is able to switch the language (and thus the font!) automatically,
but I didn't want to invest more time into this topic -- and this solution works fine (at least for now).




% Multiple entries can be used to easily create a serial letter
% Only last name, first name and address are currently used
\adrentry{{\selectlanguage{thai}รอยัล  ออร์คิด พลัส\\บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด (มหาชน)}}{}{{\selectlanguage{thai}ตู้ปณ. 567 ไปรษณีย์ สามเสนใน\\กรุงเทพฯ 10400}}{Telefon}{F1}{F2}{Kommentar}{ADDR}

Just in case, the above code was not pasted correctly, I uploaded it for you -- both the sources and the generated PDF: example-letter-th.zip

I hope this is helpful!

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Is that a question, or an answer? Why is there so much code? The example is muddled. –  Johannes_B May 6 at 8:39

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