Ethiopic Unicode Support and LaTeX
This section discusses software requirement, installation procedure
and configuration. All these are tried and tested with MikTeX, a
distribution which is compatible with Windows platform.
MikTeX: The complete MikTeX distribution is
about 250MB, but if you have a concern on disk space or download
time, you may just get Basic MikTeX
which is a much smaller version; about 24MB. If there is a need
for extra package, the MikTeX installer is capable of retrieving
and installing the needed package given that there is an Internet
Unicode support for LaTeX: This package is
by Dominique Unruh and already bundled with MikTeX distribution.
There is need for separate download, but it is listed here in case
if there is a need in your part.
Adobe PDF Reader: Needed to display or print TeX
files generated by pdftex.
Ethiopic Unicode text editor. This is a basic editor capable of
saving files in Unicode text, and UTF-8 formats. Sadiss requires the
Java Running Environment (JRE) 1.5.0 or better.
A readily available package that includes Ethiopic Unicode
Truetype font, its TFM and ENC files, and the necessary configuration
The usual step after installation or configuration is to check if the
system works as it should. In this case, it is even more series since
LeJireT's setup involves error prone procedure. To help test the
setup, Amharic LaTeX documents are provided and you can find them in
ethtexdoc folder. Follow the instruction below.
- You should be in DOS box or command line environment.
Locate the folder ethtexdoc and you will find four or more LaTeX files.
Typeset anyone of them using pdflatex
If everything goes well, this produce a PDF document called
"math.pdf". At this stage however, if you have installed Small
MikTeX, you may be prompted to install missing package which you
must do. If you choose Internet as a source, the setup program is
capable of downloading and installing the required packages.
View the document using PDF Reader and ensure that when you zoom in
about 800%, the fonts appear smooth and free of jag. If it appears
jagged, then LeJireT's configuration has a problem. You
may have to backtrack and repeat the configuration step by step while
inspecting possible errors.
Warning: The ucs package, even though
it seems to work fine with these documents, hyphnation, kerning and
ligature may not work properly and these are series drawbacks.
Sample documents in PDF format: