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I have got a TeXLive 2011 on an Apple Time Machine and TeXShop on my local MacBook.
When I try to typeset the XeLaTeX template from TeXShop, I get “undefined control sequence” for some of the Unicode text.

The relevant section of the template goes as follows:

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode


\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Hoefler Text}
\setsansfont[Scale=MatchLowercase,Mapping=tex-text]{Gill Sans}
\setmonofont[Scale=MatchLowercase]{Andale Mono}


\newfontfamily{\A}{Geeza Pro}
\newfontfamily{\H}[Scale=0.9]{Lucida Grande}

Here are some multilingual Unicode fonts: this is Arabic text: {\A السلام عليكم},
this is Hebrew: {\H שלום}, 
and here's some Japanese: {\J 今日は}.


When I typeset this, I get:

./Untitled.tex:44: Undefined control sequence.
l.44 ...s: this is Arabic text: {\A \UTF

Strangely, this occurs only for the Arabic and Hebrew texts, however, if I comment these out and leave only the Japanese section, the document is typeset without any errors and correct output.

At first, I thought that something was not passed correctly via the shell, but both bash and tcsh (used by TeXShop) return upon a locale:


I even tried adding setenv LC_CTYPE en_US.UTF-8 (cf. this) to the XeLaTeX engine for TeXShop but that did not help, either.

This is the Log I get with the posted example.

I hope that you have any ideas concerning this problem.
Thank you in advance.

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Can you show also the preceding part of the preamble? –  egreg Nov 22 '11 at 12:14
Added most of the remainder. Withheld part contained mostly comments, maketitle info and unused packages such as graphicx and amssymb. –  brian-ammon Nov 22 '11 at 12:25
Does your example really gives the error? If yes: show the log-file. –  Ulrike Fischer Nov 22 '11 at 12:42
Added the link to my log as requested by @UlrikeFischer. –  brian-ammon Nov 22 '11 at 13:36
I would say your editor has exchanged the unicode chars by this \UTF-commands when saving the file. A search in the TeXshop forum came up with this advice: "Please UNCHECK TeXShop->Preferences->Misc->pTeX support-> utf export". –  Ulrike Fischer Nov 22 '11 at 14:31

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

I would say your editor has exchanged the unicode chars by this \UTF-commands when saving the file. A search in the TeXshop forum came up with this advice: "Please UNCHECK TeXShop->Preferences->Misc->pTeX support-> utf export".

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with current TeXLive2011 I have no problem. My file list:

 *File List*
scrartcl.cls    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script document class (article)
scrkbase.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-dependent ba
sics and keyval usage)
 scrbase.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-independent 
basics and keyval usage)
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
scrlfile.sty    2011/03/09 v3.09 KOMA-Script package (loading files)
tocbasic.sty    2011/05/30 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (handling toc-files)
scrsize12pt.clo    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script font size class option (12pt)
typearea.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (type area)
geometry.sty    2010/09/12 v5.6 Page Geometry
   ifpdf.sty    2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
  ifvtex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.5 Switches for detecting VTeX and its modes (HO)
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
fontspec.sty    2011/09/18 v2.2a Advanced font selection for XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX
   expl3.sty    2011/10/09 v2900 L3 Experimental code bundle wrapper
 l3names.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental namespace for primitives
l3bootstrap.sty    2011/06/19 v2478 L3 Experimental bootstrap code
    etex.sty    1998/03/26 v2.0 eTeX basic definition package (PEB)
    calc.sty    2007/08/22 v4.3 Infix arithmetic (KKT,FJ)
   color.sty    2005/11/14 v1.0j Standard LaTeX Color (DPC)
   color.cfg    2007/01/18 v1.5 color configuration of teTeX/TeXLive
   xetex.def    2009/11/22 v0.94 LaTeX color/graphics driver for XeTeX (RRM/JK)

graphics.sty    2009/02/05 v1.0o Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    1999/03/16 v1.09 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2010/04/23 v1.9 graphics configuration of TeX Live
l3basics.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental basic definitions
 l3expan.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental argument expansion
    l3tl.sty    2011/09/16 v2831 L3 Experimental token lists
   l3seq.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental sequences and stacks
   l3int.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental integers
 l3quark.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental quarks
   l3prg.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental control structures
 l3clist.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental comma separated lists
 l3token.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental token manipulation
  l3prop.sty    2011/09/17 v2839 L3 Experimental property lists
   l3msg.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental messages
    l3io.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental input-output operations
  l3file.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental file operations
  l3skip.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental dimensions and skips
  l3keys.sty    2011/09/10 v2800 L3 Experimental key-value interfaces
    l3fp.sty    2011/09/26 v2857 L3 Experimental floating-point operations
   l3box.sty    2011/10/09 v2896 L3 Experimental boxes
l3coffins.sty    2011/09/12 v2814 L3 Experimental coffin code layer
 l3color.sty    2011/09/07 v2776 L3 Experimental colour support
l3luatex.sty    2011/09/10 v2798 L3 Experimental LuaTeX-specific functions
  xparse.sty    2011/10/09 v2900 L3 Experimental document command parser
fontspec-patches.sty    2011/09/18 v2.2a Advanced font selection for XeLaTeX/Lu
fixltx2e.sty    2006/09/13 v1.1m fixes to LaTeX
fontspec-xetex.sty    2011/09/18 v2.2a Advanced font selection for XeLaTeX/LuaL
  eu1enc.def    2010/05/27 v0.1h Experimental Unicode font encodings
  eu1lmr.fd    2009/10/30 v1.6 Font defs for Latin Modern
xunicode.sty    2011/09/09 v0.981 provides access to latin accents and many oth
er characters in Unicode lower plane
 eu1lmss.fd    2009/10/30 v1.6 Font defs for Latin Modern
graphicx.sty    1999/02/16 v1.0f Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
   t3cmr.fd    2001/12/31 TIPA font definitions

my fonts:

voss@shania:~> pdffonts test3.pdf
name                                 type              emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- --- --- --- ---------
BTKFJL+HoeflerText-Regular           CID TrueType      yes yes yes      5  0
ISXWHA+GeezaPro                      CID TrueType      yes yes yes      7  0
DPHHBH+LucidaGrande                  CID TrueType      yes yes yes      9  0
JMAUBN+Osaka                         CID TrueType      yes yes yes     11  0
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