[tex-live] Commath package + french babel
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Mon Jun 6 20:41:17 CEST 2011
Am Mon, 06 Jun 2011 16:54:56 +0100 schrieb Robin Fairbairns:
> Gaspard Jankowiak <gasp.janko at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I hope this is the right place to 'file' this issue, otherwise please
>> tell me where to do that properly.
Such question should better go to comp.text.tex.
>> Whenever I use the 'commath' and the 'babel' (with [french] option)
>> packages, pdflatex seems to enter an infinite loop whenever a colon
>> ':' appears in math mode.
>> - This happens no matter how I order the 'usepackage' commands.
>> - It does not happen with xelatex
>> - It is fixed by commenting out the 'Fix alignment of := in mathmode'
>> section in the commath.sty file.
>> This might be linked to the way double punctuation is modified by
>> babel in french mode (unbreakable thin space ?), but I really don't
>> know enough about TeX/LaTex to understand what's going on.
> this is a fairly common problem. babel/frenchb makes various punctuation
> characters active in order to insert little spaces between text and
> so commath or babel is redefining the other's definition of "active :"
> (according to which way round you load them). looking at the babel
> documentation, it looks as if you might be able to solve the problem by
> adding the command
This doesn't help either. The loop is quite stubborn.
>> Sample .tex which fails to compile with pdflatex. Uncomment the
>> xltxtra package to get a successful compilation with xelatex.
> quite why the xelatex patch works, i don't understand. (i don't use
> xetex, and am not really acquainted with its subtleties.)
xltxtra is loading fontspec, and fontspec changes the mathsetup of
the colon. It breaks with xelatex too if one uses the no-math option
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