Category Archives: Asides

Should I stay or should I go?

I was recently wondering again whether I should move my Ayeri stuff to my own top level domain from its current residence at nfshost.com. I haven’t planned anything concrete, I’m just curious for your opinion. There’s a poll embedded in the following tweet.

See the message on Twitter.

The thing is, Ayeri’s been living at its current address since July 2008, and thus, things from this site are linked in quite a few other places. In this regard, I feel somewhat uneasy breaking continuity. On the other hand, people usually come in from a handful of sources only, besides search engines, and I can always put a redirect up here.

Tagāti Book G, Graphite and TeXLive 2014

I updated my operating system to Ubuntu 15.04 ‘Vivid’ the other day and ran into trouble when I tried using my Tahano Hikamu font, Tagāti Book G. The issue was that XeLaTeX would ignore Graphite as the text rendering engine for this font in spite of my explicitly declaring it:

\newfontfamily{\Tagati}[
    Renderer=Graphite,
    ...
]{Tagati Book G}

The result was that none of the diacritics were aligned correctly, since the font is not configured for OpenType to handle them:

Demonstration of the bug in fontspec-xetex.sty 2.4a
a: Rendering as expected; b: Graphite ignored

After some research, it turned out that the bug is with the file fontspec-xetex.sty.1 Ubuntu 15.04 still ships with TeXLive 2014, which includes version 2.4a of it as a part of the fontspec package. In this version, there is a typo in the definition for Graphite which apparently makes it inaccessible through the Renderer option. You can read up on it in the bug report on GitHub.

Changing fontspec-xetex.sty according to the bug report and saving it under my home directory’s TeX tree at ~/texmf/tex/latex/fontspec/ to not overwrite the original file solved the issue for me. Another way to solve the issue for the time being is to include a snippet of code in your TeX file’s preamble that basically redefines the respective function.

The issue is already fixed in the latest version of the fontspec package, also in the version that’s available from CTAN, so I hope there will be an update to the fontspec package in the official Ubuntu repositories as well sometime.

  1. On my system, the path to the file is /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/fontspec/fontspec-xetex.sty, use kpsewhere fontspec-xetex.sty to find it, otherwise.

Returning to Germany Soon

Tadayang
time-A
1SG.GEN
ya
LOC
Minkayi
Canada
panganya-ngas.
end-LOC=almost

My time in Canada is almost up.

Ang
AT
sa-sahāy
return-1SG.A.T
ya
LOC
Keynami
Germany
mangasaha
towards
bihanya
week-LOC
yo
four
miday.
approximately.

I will return to Germany in approximately four weeks.

Kamayāng
be.equal-1SG.A
mino
happy
nay
and
giday
sad
yanoyam
because
eng
AT.INAN
engara
be.more-3SG.INAN
kardang
school.T
edaya
here
pisu-pisu
exhausting
ya
LOC
Keynami
Germany
nārya,
although,
sa
PT
vacyang-mas
like-1SG.A=kind.of
hati
ambiance
metida
relaxed
enyana
everything-GEN
palung
else
nay
and
yanoavan
landscape.T
veno
beautiful
miday
around
ya
LOC
Sikatay.
Victoria.

I am both happy and sad because although school here is more exhausting than in Germany, I kind of like the relaxed ambience of everything else and the beautiful landscape around Victoria.

Bimakanganjas-kay
photo-PL.P=some
1SG.GEN
matayena
summer-GEN

Some of my photos from the summer

Greetings from Canada

Manojas-ikan na Minkayi.

Mano-ye-as=ikan
greeting-PL-P=many
na
GEN
Minkayi.
Canada

‘Many greetings from Canada.’

Ang yomāy edaya kardangirayyam ya Desember pesan.

Ang
AT
yoma-ay
exist-1SG.T
edaya
here
kardangiray-yam
university-DAT
ya
LOC
Desember
December
pesan.
until

‘I’m here for university until December.’

Koronoyyang, ang gamaray gumoas-ikan yam Ayeri, yanoyam deng-ven kihasreng kardang nā.

Koron-oy-yang,
know-NEG-1SG.A,
ang
AT
gamar-ay
manage-1SG.T
gumo-as=ikan
work-P=much
yam
DAT
Ayeri,
Ayeri,
yanoyam
because
deng=ven
full=quite
kihas-reng
plan-A.INAN
kardang
school
nā.
1SG.GEN

‘I don’t know if I manage to get much work done for Ayeri because my schedule is quite full.’