[OS X TeX] TeXShop, perl and utf-8 encoding problems

Stephen Moye stephenmoye at cox.net
Sun Feb 20 18:07:47 CET 2005

>> Is it too much to ask of a computer program to have it say: "Ah, this 
>> fellow is using MacOSEncoding and has typed a ç; I just happen to 
>> know that that is Unicode 00E7, and that's what I'm going to give 
>> him."
> Yes, that is too much to ask, as text without encoding happens to be 
> "just another bag of bits", and those bits are interpreted as whetever 
> TeXShop happens to think they mean. When the preferences are set 
> incorrectly, you simply get what you asked for. To quote a famous 
> computer scientist: “Computers are good at following instructions, but 
> not at reading your mind”. (The TeXBook, page 9).

Does that mean that text usung MacOSEncoding is essentially "text 
without encoding"?

Stephen Moye
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