I'm working on books written in Arabic language, we build the book as XML file from which we generate Tex and PDF. My question is about page break, with Tex files written in English we use Pakoma program to open it, but Pakoma cant open Tex containing Arabic letters. Anyone can solve this?

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    A link to information about Pakoma would be useful.
    – Thérèse
    Commented Jul 26, 2014 at 12:06

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Use arabtex, which allows you to write Arabic including diacritics using latin letters. Here's an example:



An ha_daA se.hr


...which produces:

enter image description here

Lookup table here.

  • arabtex is so last century and the font is plain ugly. I'd recommend using XeTeX (or LuaTeX if one is adventurous enough) and any nice looking font. Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 2:57

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