[OS X TeX] Invalid character in TS source

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Aug 8 02:39:15 CEST 2014

On Aug 7, 2014, at 6:40 PM, Greg St. George <gstgeorge at gmail.com> wrote:

> Actually there are invisible characters which can mess up the TeX run which still do not appear when you turn on 'Show Invisible Characters'.  I find them the same way Gary does, though I usually use AlphaX rather than BBedit.  There they appear as little squares, so I can't tell you exactly what they are, but when I delete them TeX (or in my case, XeLaTeX) is happy enough to run again.   Not a big deal, but this combination has the potential to be a bit of a problem for newbies, I think.
> Greg (St. George)


The real question is why are these things being embedded in your file? Is the file UTF-8 encoded? If so they may be bytes for a multi-byte character code. If it's a UTF-8 with BOM than only the first two or three bytes might be messed up.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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