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*To*: Laurent.SIEBENMANN@math.u-psud.fr (Laurent SIEBENMANN)*Subject*: Re: text encoding compatibility*From*: Lars Hellström <Lars.Hellstrom@math.umu.se>*Date*: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 14:13:04 +0100 (MET)*Cc*: tex-fonts@math.utah.edu*In-Reply-To*: <199902231113.MAA15074@matups.math.u-psud.fr>

Laurent SIEBENMANN <Laurent.SIEBENMANN@math.u-psud.fr> wrote: >Chris defends LaTeX not TeX as a whole. This sounds much >worse for TeX itself than it really is. TeX has just one >nasty caprice in this area. Recall that, in the hyphenation, >process, TeX applies the lowercase 'function' before looking >up the possible hyphenation points in the words of a >paragraph. The caprice is that it is the particular value of >the lowercase function (\lccode values) in vigour when the >paragraph is closed that applies *throughout* the paragraph. >That is a wierd limitation when one recalls that any number >of different hyphenation tables can be successively called in >the same paragraph, through the \language primitive. >Clearly, this caprice is no constraint if the natural >lowercase functions for all text fonts involved in the >paragraph are one and the same. This sameness is the basic >TeX encoding compatibility condition. I just think it should be mensioned that this is one of the flaws of TeX that e-TeX has fixed (by maintaining a separate lowercase table for hyphenation purposes for each language). Lars Hellström

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