[lltx] Re: xunicode & euenc

Élie Roux elie.roux at telecom-bretagne.eu
Fri Mar 26 09:20:30 CET 2010

2010/3/26 Will Robertson <wspr81 at gmail.com>:
> * Let's drop the idea of the "extras package" which provides TIPA support and so on. I think this is very niche functionality that will hardly see an audience. Remember that documents these days will usually be encoded in unicode anyway; the big advantage to xunicode is the backwards compatibility aspect providing unicode definitions for the standard LaTeX accent commands. TIPA is not among these.

Definitely agreed!

> * Try to counteract any conflicts that may occur with (new) euenc plus old xunicode. It might be that we can only incorporate xunicode into the EU2 encoding to avoid problems with backwards compatibility in XeTeX. If Ross is stepping back for supplying xunicode for LuaTeX, I see no problem with incorporating its features into euenc.

In fact, one of the problems are that the loading is made in the
Options part of fontenc... meaning no ProvidesPackage, no
RequirePackage, etc. so we just can't input xunicode.sty in
euxenc.def... that's why I had do modify it. Unless you have some
hacks to counter this? Should we hack some macros to pretend we're not
in the Options section?

> * Still, let's research what xunicode is doing that might be XeTeX-specific and report back to Ross what differences there are (if any) for LuaTeX (including things like \iffontchar for features that don't exist yet). I would be pretty surprised if the package didn't work flawlessly as is, but I might have missed an edge case.


> I think there's no point inventing a wrapper package for xunicode.


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