[OS X TeX] most recommendable encoding

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 11:14:37 CET 2013

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM, Peter Dyballa <Peter_Dyballa at web.de> wrote:

> Am 29.10.2013 um 09:52 schrieb RA Friedrich Vosberg:
> > Or is this encoding still up to date?
> It's as up-to-date as a car with combustion engine. (UTF-8 promises to
> stay up-to-date a few more years. Or decades. In pdfTeX based LaTeX it's
> not yet completely supported because pdfTeX is a 7- or 8-bit system and not
> prepared for all scripting systems of the world. This is left to XeTeX and
> LuaTeX.)
> My recommendation is to stick to standards, for example the encodings as
> defined by ISO 8859. Particularly ISO 8859-15 or ISO Latin-9 is well suited
> for the EU.
>         http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8859
>         http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8859-15
> In LaTeX it's the input encoding latin9. Heiko Oberdiek's inputenx package
> also accepts the option iso-8859-15.
> See also:
>         texdoc inputenx
>         texdoc inputenc

It definitely  depends on what languages are you using. In addition to
English I sometimes use Russian and among several available encodings I
prefer UTF-8 (despite Russians themselves prefer cp1251 -- but UTF-8 is
definitely more universal)


Victor Ivrii
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