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Can anyone see an error here?

I'm using \newfontfamily{\L}[Script=Lao]{Lao Sangam MN} to switch to Lao, then using \L{ວຽງຈັນ}, but getting ວຽງຈ ັນ in the PDF. No luck in other fonts (all TrueType...I don't have any Lao OTFs).

I'm on a Mac using TexShop.

Minimum Working Example:

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

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

% PACKAGES

\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage{xltxtra}
\usepackage{xunicode}
\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}
\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Linux Libertine O}
\setsansfont[Scale=MatchLowercase,Mapping=tex-text]{Linux Biolinum O}
\setmonofont[Scale=MatchLowercase]{Linux Libertine Mono O}

% BEGIN

\begin{document}

% RUNTIME TWEAKS

\newfontfamily{\L}[Script=Lao]{Lao Sangam MN}

% BODY

{\L ວຽງຈັນ} (Vientiane)

\end{document}
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

The preferred way to use different languages in XeTeX is using the polyglossia package. It seems that the font in question won't render correctly with the ICU renderer, but will with the Apple AAT renderer:

% !TEX TS-program = XeLaTeX

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setmainlanguage{english}
\setotherlanguage{lao}
\newfontfamily\laofont[Script=Lao, Renderer=AAT]{Lao Sangam MN}
\begin{document}
\begin{lao}
ວຽງຈັນ
\end{lao}
\end{document}

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