[OS X TeX] To macro or not to macro (Was: Local additions and multiple TeX distributions)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Mar 9 18:59:14 CET 2007

Le 9 mars 07 à 18:34, Roussanka Loukanova a écrit :

> Back to practical things: what you write about the accents make me  
> think that you do something else nowadays. What? (May be I am still  
> ages behind... :(

Again, nothing special: the French keyboard has keys already for the  
most common accented letters (there are é, è, ç, à, ù keys), and  
these keys can be used for TeX input thanks to:

- \input option_keys in plain TeX and Textures

- \input 8bitdefs in plain TeX and OzTeX

- \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc} in LaTeX

- directly in XeLaTeX

Still about anecdotes: back during my PhD around 1988, the only  
available computer was a terminal yielding access to a VAX-750 or 780  
mini-computer. The terminal keyboard was US (QWERTY), but in order to  
use it with the WPS word processor available on the VAX (later  
renamed All-In-One, an ancestor of WordPerfect I think) I had to  
configure it as a French keyboard (AZERTY). Meaning that I was typing  
on the US keyboard, while looking at a printed drawing of the French  
keyboard layout. That was a bit of fun! (In retrospect only.)

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