# [tex-live] fwd: \delta in overfull \hboxes screws up xterm

Wed Jul 14 09:38:19 CEST 2004

"TH" == Taco Hoekwater writes:

>> Please, have a look at the forwarded mail. Paul Vojta shows a
>> problem with the "all characters printable" setting.  When

TH> Neither was I, and the archive for TeXlive seems to be broken so
TH> I cannot read back the old discussion. But luckily that doesn't
TH> stop me from having a say about it :)

TH> TeX's behaviour in this situation is, IMO, broken, and I would
TH> personally prefer fixing TeX, instead of disabling 8bit :

TH> The user *did not* input the character corresponding to ^^J, but
TH> the 6 characters comprising the string "\delta". The fact that
TH> someone \mathcode-ed the character ^^J to mean the same thing as
TH> the \mathchardef named \delta should not have an effect on the
TH> printing of the control sequence "\delta".

Or at least, TeX's output to *terminal* should honor the locale's
isprint() properties. All other output (to log files, \write,
\special, etc) MAY use 8-bit, if one wants to, but there's no reason
to insist on "pure 8-bit" for output to *terminal*.

Best,
v.