When setting the bibliography with biblatex using the authoryear-comp style and option firstinits=true the authors' first names in the references are not correctly displayed when using cyrillic names.

The XeTeX file


\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Linux Libertine O}



\parencite{belyj1913} , \parencite{belyj1919}


and bibliography.bib

    Address = {Москва},
    Author = {Андрей Белый},
    Publisher = {Наука},
    Title = {Петербург},
    Year = {1981}}

    Address = {München},
    Author = {Andrej Bjäly},
    Publisher = {Georg Müller},
    Title = {Petersburg},
    Year = {1919}}


Bjäly, A. (1919). Petersburg. München: Georg Müller.

Белый, �. (1981). Петербург. Москва: Наука.

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Setting, however, firstinits=false (which is what I don't want) works:

Bjäly, Andrej (1919). Petersburg. München: Georg Müller.

Белый, Андрей (1981). Петербург. Москва: Наука.

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Is there a way to correctly print the abbreviated cyrillic "А."?

Additionaly log output with \listfiles:

 *File List*
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scrkbase.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-dependent basics and keyval usage)
 scrbase.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-independent basics and keyval usage)
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
scrlfile.sty    2011/03/09 v3.09 KOMA-Script package (loading files)
tocbasic.sty    2011/05/30 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (handling toc-files)
scrsize12pt.clo    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script font size class option (12pt)
typearea.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (type area)
xunicode.sty    2010/11/06 v0.96 provides access to latin accents and many other characters in Unicode lower plane
fontspec.sty    2011/02/26 v2.1f Advanced font selection for XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX
   expl3.sty    2011/08/28 v2678 L3 Experimental code bundle wrapper
 l3names.sty    2011/08/10 v2538 L3 Experimental namespace for primitives
l3bootstrap.sty    2011/08/13 v2558 L3 Experimental bootstrap code
    etex.sty    1998/03/26 v2.0 eTeX basic definition package (PEB)
    calc.sty    2007/08/22 v4.3 Infix arithmetic (KKT,FJ)
l3basics.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental basic definitions
 l3expan.sty    2011/08/11 v2545 L3 Experimental argument expansion
    l3tl.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental token lists
   l3seq.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental sequences and stacks
   l3int.sty    2011/08/26 v2666 L3 Experimental integers
 l3quark.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental quarks
   l3prg.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental control structures
 l3clist.sty    2011/08/26 v2666 L3 Experimental comma separated lists
 l3token.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental token manipulation
  l3prop.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental property lists
   l3msg.sty    2011/08/16 v2601 L3 Experimental messages
    l3io.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental input-output operations
  l3file.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental file operations
  l3skip.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental dimensions and skips
   l3box.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental boxes
  l3keys.sty    2011/08/28 v2677 L3 Experimental key-value interfaces
    l3fp.sty    2011/08/25 v2665 L3 Experimental floating-point operations
l3luatex.sty    2011/08/18 v2617 L3 Experimental LuaTeX-specific functions
l3coffins.sty    2011/08/18 v2624 L3 Experimental coffin code layer
graphicx.sty    1999/02/16 v1.0f Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
graphics.sty    2009/02/05 v1.0o Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    1999/03/16 v1.09 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2010/04/23 v1.9 graphics configuration of TeX Live
   xetex.def    2009/11/22 v0.94 LaTeX color/graphics driver for XeTeX (RRM/JK)

   color.sty    2005/11/14 v1.0j Standard LaTeX Color (DPC)
   color.cfg    2007/01/18 v1.5 color configuration of teTeX/TeXLive
  l3toks.sty    2011/08/27 v2670 L3 Experimental token registers
  xparse.sty    2011/08/28 v2678 L3 Experimental document command parser
 xkeyval.sty    2008/08/13 v2.6a package option processing (HA)
 xkeyval.tex    2008/08/13 v2.6a key=value parser (HA)
fontspec-patches.sty    2011/02/26 v2.1f Advanced font selection for XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX
fixltx2e.sty    2006/09/13 v1.1m fixes to LaTeX
  eu1enc.def    2010/05/27 v0.1h Experimental Unicode font encodings
  eu1lmr.fd    2009/10/30 v1.6 Font defs for Latin Modern
 xltxtra.sty    2010/09/20 v0.5e Improvements for the "XeLaTeX" format
ifluatex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
realscripts.sty    2010/09/30 v0.3 Access OpenType subscripts and superscripts
metalogo.sty    2010/05/29 v0.12 Extended TeX logo macros
setspace.sty    2000/12/01 6.7 Contributed and Supported LaTeX2e package
biblatex.sty    2011/11/13 v1.7 programmable bibliographies
etoolbox.sty    2011/01/03 v2.1 e-TeX tools for LaTeX
  logreq.sty    2010/08/04 v1.0 xml request logger
  logreq.def    2010/08/04 v1.0 logreq spec v1.0
  ifthen.sty    2001/05/26 v1.1c Standard LaTeX ifthen package (DPC)
     url.sty    2006/04/12  ver 3.3  Verb mode for urls, etc.
blx-compat.def    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex generic compatibility
biblatex.def    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex generic definitions
standard.bbx    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex bibliography style
authoryear.bbx    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex bibliography style
authoryear-comp.bbx    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex bibliography style
authoryear-comp.cbx    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex citation style
 english.lbx    2011/11/13 v1.7 biblatex localization
 eu1lmss.fd    2009/10/30 v1.6 Font defs for Latin Modern

closed as too localized by egreg, percusse, Torbjørn T., Joseph Wright Mar 3 '12 at 22:10

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  • I don't get anything strange. Can you add the part in the log file that you get after adding \listfiles? – egreg Feb 17 '12 at 14:49
  • @egreg The author's first name is not abbreviated correctly. Instead a diamond with questionmark is created, visibly on bitmap. I added the output of \listfiles above. – F. Neukamm Feb 17 '12 at 16:05
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    @F.Neukamm You have quite a strange distribution (a very old graphicx.sty, for instance) and outdated expl3 files. What I can say is that the bbl has the UTF-8 pair <D0><90> (which corresponds to a cyrillic capital A, U+0410). – egreg Feb 17 '12 at 16:15
  • @egreg Checked on the distribution (MacTeX) again: it's now up to date (graphicx.sty still dated to 1999 since the most recent release was back then). But still no luck with the cyrillic A. When using Times New Roman font the diamond sign is omitted, a blank character is printed. – F. Neukamm Feb 17 '12 at 23:34