Lately I've been trying both babel and polyglossia against each other to see if there are any advantages either way. But to my untrained eye there is no significant difference in regards to output between the two.

While this post is giving a good overview on the status quo I'm interested in the current "trend":

Where is the future going? babel or polyglossia?

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    Related: Polyglossia vs Babel
    – Alan Munn
    Aug 30, 2015 at 20:53
  • Polyglossia has better support for Welsh. Not just better: Babel's uses characters which do not exist in Welsh, as do both datetime and datetime2.
    – cfr
    Aug 30, 2015 at 21:01
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    I've updated my answer in Polyglossia vs Babel to reflect the most recent babel.
    – Alan Munn
    Aug 30, 2015 at 21:10
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    I don't think the question is answerable, it's like asking if the future is memoir or koma or if it's latex or context. Who knows what the future holds? Aug 30, 2015 at 21:35
  • @DavidCarlisle: I believe this is not a dupe, especially in light of the current answers to the other question. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to using each of the packages (at least for some bidirectional languages).
    – einpoklum
    Sep 18, 2017 at 19:55


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