# Latex Tengwar Combining Diacritics Not Combining

This is the code I am using to try and get nicely combined Tengwar, but it's coming out with all the combining diacritics on circles next to the characters, instead of on top of them.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\setmainfont{CharisSIL-R.ttf}
\newfontfamily{\telcontar}[Renderer=Graphite]{tengtelc.ttf}

\title{Langercast Podcast Notes}
\author{Wilco Jacobs \& Sam Blumire}

\begin{document}
\section{Episode 2 - }

{\telcontar      ⁘ }

\end{document}


I'm expecting it to show up looking like this:

But it looks like this

I based what I am doing on what was said here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/169156/73255

But I can't seem to identify the problem, as I have done the same as them. I am using XeLaTeX

• It seems that the supposed combining characters don't combine at all. Probably bad definitions in the font. – egreg Feb 28 '15 at 16:20
• @egreg however, the other user demonstrated them to work, therefore the font definitions must b new correct – Sam Blumire Feb 28 '15 at 16:35
• Well, I don't really believe in that answer: the usage of inputenc is grossly wrong, for instance. And Rendering=Graphite doesn't seem to work. – egreg Feb 28 '15 at 16:37
• There seems to be a bug in fontspec: if I install the font on my system and say \font\telcontar="Tengwar Telcontar/GR", the output is correct. – egreg Feb 28 '15 at 16:49
• @egreg unfortunately. Is a collaborative project on sharelatex so we need to be able to link to a ttf file not rely on system fonts – Sam Blumire Feb 28 '15 at 17:12

There seems to be a bug in fontspec version 2.4a, when defining the Renderer key.

The following works; code is like in fontspec-xetex.sty and 3 has been changed into 4, as Graphite is choice number 4.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\ExplSyntaxOn
\keys_define:nn {fontspec-renderer}
{
Renderer .choice_code:n =
{
\int_compare:nTF {\l_keys_choice_int <= 4}% <------ was 3
{
\tl_set:Nv \l_fontspec_renderer_tl
{ g_fontspec_renderer_tag_ \l_keys_choice_tl }
}
{
\__fontspec_warning:nx {only-luatex-feature} {Renderer=Full/Basic}
}
}
,
Renderer .generate_choices:n = {AAT,ICU,OpenType,Graphite,Full,Basic}
}
\ExplSyntaxOff

\newfontfamily{\telcontar}[Renderer=Graphite]{Tengwar Telcontar}

\title{Langercast Podcast Notes}
\author{Wilco Jacobs \& Sam Blumire}

\begin{document}
\section{Episode 2 - }

{\telcontar      ⁘}

\end{document}


Using \newfontfamily{\telcontar}[Renderer=Graphite]{tengtelc.ttf} is also possible.

Note that inputenc should not be loaded with XeLaTeX.