# [tex-live] cp8bit and old bugs

Thu Sep 18 15:51:41 CEST 2003

"PO" == Petr Olsak writes:

PO> LaTeX users does not need to read the overfull \hbox messages (in
PO> log and in terminal) in his own language? Texts in these messages
PO> are not readable if ^^af sequences are used here.

PO> If terminal is able to show 8-bit letters in choosen language
PO> then it is more usable to configure TeX with 8-bit output.

i'm not against allowing 8-bit output to terminal, log and files,
because it is not contradicting the TeX specification by Knuth.

however, one should understand that such 8-bit text is not always
useful, because of the difference in input encoding of the document
and font encoding used (which is what the overfull \hbox messages
appear in). in many cases this 8-bit text will look like unreadable
8-bit garbage, no more better than ^^af sequences.

Best,
v.