# [texhax] Difficulty with using PCTeX to compile a .txt file in Unicode

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Sat Oct 24 17:55:27 CEST 2009

```On  24 Oct, 2009, at 09:22, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:

> I'm confused because I think Axel would have pointed this out---but
> my understanding is that without the use of additional packages, TeX
> and LaTeX will only process ASCII text. UTF8 won't work either.

Yes, of course you're right ---you would have to put

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

in your preamble (is there support for utf16? I don't find anything)

and preferably also

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

> If you really do like this Word method, you could probably Save As
> plain text.

Yes, that's probably the best.

> I agree with Axel that something like TeXMaker would probably better