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Chapter 9. LaTeX in a Multilingual Envir... > 9.4. Support for non-Latin alphabets

9.4. Support for non-Latin alphabets

The babel distribution contains support for three non-Latin alphabets: the Cyrillic alphabet, the Greek alphabet, and the Hebrew alphabet. They are discussed in the following sections.

9.4.1. The Cyrillic alphabet

The Cyrillic alphabet is used by several of the Slavic languages in Eastern Europe, as well as for writing tens of languages used in the territory encompassed by the former Soviet Union. Vladimir Volovich and Werner Lemberg, together with the LaTeX team, have integrated basic support for the Cyrillic language into LaTeX. This section addresses the issues of Cyrillic fonts, the encoding interface, and their integration with babel.

Historically, support for Russian in TeX has been available from the American Mathematical Society [14]. The AMS system uses the wncyr fonts and is based on a transliteration table originally designed for Russian journal names and article titles in the journal Mathematical Reviews. In this journal the AMS prefers that the same character sequence in the electronic files produce either the Russian text with Russian characters or its transliteration with English characters, without any ambiguities.


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