I am trying to write a document including Manchu script on a Mac. Manchu is written with the Mongolian alphabet with the addition of some diacritics, but the extra diacritics are included in standard Mongolian fonts included in Mac OS. Manchu/Mongolian script functions similar to Arabic script, in that the letters are connected and their shape varies depending on their position within a word.
However, Mac OS is unable to input or even display Manchu/Mongolian properly, because it cannot handle the different forms that letters should take depending on their position within the word (isolated, initial, medial, or final).
PCs can now both input and display Manchu/Mongolian.
Now I'm wondering if it's possible to enter Manchu/Mongolian in LaTeX (say, by typing the UNICODE numbers of the letters), and have the typesetter produce proper script?