[OS X TeX] TeXshop, non european fonts and XeTeX

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sun May 22 12:03:18 CEST 2005

Le 22 mai 05 à 11:22, Roberto Avanzi a écrit :

> (II) After writing defaults write TeXShop UseOldHeadingCommands NO
>      everything worked

Do you really mean

     defaults write TeXShop UseOldHeadingCommands NO

and not

     defaults write TeXShop UseOldHeadingCommands YES

I thought that NO was the default setting, which had the consequence  
of breaking backwards-comptability, and that changing the value to  
YES ensured this compatibility, hence making the current XeTeX  
examples displayed and typeset correctly by TeXShop.

> > This also means that the XeTeX samples should be changed at some
> > point, to reflect TeXShop's new syntax.
> I guess supporting both would be incompatible, right?

Personally I think backwards-compatibility is always desirable, and  
that it would be better for TeXShop, while still describing the new  
syntax in the doc, to provide compatibility with the old syntax by  
setting the default value of UseOldHeadingCommands to YES.

Another solution would be to provide, in the distro, an AppleScript  
(or any other type of script, provided it's straightforward to  
operate -- by double-click or drag-and-drop) to (1) convert files  
using the old syntax to files using the new syntax while (2) taking  
all necessary steps to ensure that, in the process, the encoding is  
properly interpreted upon opening and saving.

But, again, I think something transparent for the user would be  
better, and hence that default recognition of the old syntax would  
spare some headaches to come.

A second alternative solution: have TeXShop, when opening a file  
using the old syntax, (1) detect this syntax and interpret the file  
content properly, (2) display a dialog telling an old syntax has been  
detected, that conversion is necessary and asking for permission to  
do so, (3) in case the answer is yes change the required lines to the  
new syntax and finally (4) make sure that when the file will be saved  
the proper encoding will be used.

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