# [tex-eplain] accents problem in pdf generated by eplain

Gérald Tenenbaum gerald.ten at free.fr
Fri Jan 21 01:22:12 CET 2022

Hi Karl,

What is wrong with this code:

\magnification 1200
\input eplain
\beginpackages
\usepackage[applemac]{fontenc}
\endpackages
théorie
\end

Many thanks.
Gérald

Karl Berry a écrit le 21/01/2022 à 00:46 :
> Hi G\'erald - there are no special facilities in Eplain to make
> PDF searching work, unfortunately. So this becomes a question about
> getting searchable accents in PDF produced by plain TeX.
>
> For pdfTeX, it is the primitives \pdfgentounicode and \pdfglyphtounicode
> that ultimately define how the searching works. Whether those can be
> coerced into working with the default CM 7-bit fonts, as Laurence
> described, I don't know, but it may be possible.  Unfortunately I have
> no recipe, either for that or for using 8-bit fonts like EC.
>
> I didn't try it, but I suspect that using xetex or luatex, and
> OTF/TTF fonts (like Latin Modern), and Unicode characters for input
> instead of TeX control sequences like \'e, would work.
>
> However, to make TeX control sequences yield searchable characters in
> plain TeX (with any engine), I don't know. I'm down to suggesting
> posting the question on a more general forum, like the texhax at tug.org
> mailing list or the tex.stackexchange.com forum, etc. Sorry. If you do,