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

Thu Jul 15 14:56:37 CEST 2004

"VV" == Vladimir Volovich writes:

VV> So, even if TeX will output ü in 8-bit form to the terminal, it
VV> will ABSOLUTELY not help AUC-TeX, because this character
VV> absolutely may have no relation to letter ü.

The same way, if TeX will output character with code 9 instead of ^^I
it will not mean that the character has any relation to the tabulation,
because it may correspond to character with code 9 in some font
which in almost all cases has absolutely NO relation to TAB.

So, seeing a TAB on console in such situation will be absolutely
misleading and useless. That's probably what DEK meant when he wrote
in tex.web:

On the other hand,
even people with an extended character set will want to represent string
@'15 by \.{\^\^M}, since @'15 is |carriage_return|; the idea is to
produce visible strings instead of tabs or line-feeds or carriage-returns
or bell-rings or characters that are treated anomalously in text files.

Best,
v.