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XeTeX is an extension of TeX with built-in support for Unicode and OpenType. For more details see http://scripts.sil.org/xetex

Creating documents using XeTeX

  • Install TeX Live.

Install latex and xetex. For ease of installation and configuration, we suggest to use a TeXLive version 2012 or above - either standalone TeXLive distribution or install from your distribution's package manager. Windows and OSX versions are also available. In Fedora, you can install the packages texlive-latex and texlive-xetex.

  • Install Fontspec and Hyphenation packages.

Install polyglossia and Indic hyphenation rules. In Fedora, the packages are texlive-fontspec, texlive-polyglossia and texlive-hyphen-indic

  • Install the fonts.

For Malayalam, let us try to use Rachana. In Fedora, the package is smc-rachana-fonts.

  • Create your tex document.

An example document is:

സീടെക്കിൽ മലയാളം ടൈപ്പ്സെറ്റ് ചെയ്തത്.
  • Compile the document using XeTeX
xelatex yourdocument.tex