[OS X TeX] What encoding should I use?

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sat May 28 10:37:11 CEST 2005

Am 28.05.2005 um 01:14 schrieb Friedrich Vosberg:

> I'm using MacOSRoman since years. I think it would be more compatibel 
> if I would use UTF-8 (or somewhat in that kind). How can I switch my 
> whole TeX-system including all templates, sty- and lco-files etc. 
> completely to that encoding (by one click ;-)?
> Does it make sense?

Not yet! TeX still can't use UTF-8, is resticted to 8 bit short 
characters. Dominik Unruh's Unicode package enables the use of UTF-8 in 
a TeX document, but makes it unusable at places without this add-on. 
Only XeTeX, still restricted to Mac OS X, uses UTF-8 natively.

Going away from MacRoman disables the use of any Carbon Emacs. They're 
only good when using Mac encodings.

A droplet that uses recode can do the conversion for you, if you want 
to stay away from the command line, but probably there are too some 
other and real Mac OS X applications for that use.

I switched to ISO Latin encodings, no. 1 (ISO 8859-1) and more no. 9 
(ISO 8859-15). It's very seldom that I'd need UTF-8. Using TS1 
(TextCompanionEncoding) I have a lot of macros that I can use to select 
glyphs from outside the ISO Latin world.

Mit friedvollen Grüßen


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