# [tex-live] Multilingual LaTeX: Greek, English, and UTF-8

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Tue Sep 13 11:59:50 CEST 2005

```W. Borgert wrote:

>Hi,
>
>On Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 12:43:06AM +0200, Michel Bovani wrote:
>
>
>>I am not a TeX guru, but as it was explained, here we deal with basic
>>ascii chars, say "d". I don't see any way to get "d" be something else
>>that to be simply "d", apart to make "d" active, and define it in such a
>>way that it will switch to the standard encoding...
>>
>>
>
>That sounds difficult enough to scare me away :-) I will try to
>get the \textlatin{} command into my text.  (Which is a little
>bit complicated, as my LaTeX is generated from DocBook XML using
>db2latex-xsl.)
>
>
even if you would have a straight input -> font mapping, you still have to supply info about what you're doing / expecting. The simple fact that you refer to an (greek) alpha [e.g. using unicode] says nothing about what is expected: greek text (to be treated as greek), a greek character  used in a latin context, a math symbol, a physics particle indicator, etc. So, in practice, when you want properly typeset documents, an input source will never be (utf) chars only, but have structure / indicators as well, and those are to be/ can be used a trigger points for special typesettign features (like fon switched); also, afaik there are no fonts that cover the whole range of unicode, so some kind of managament is always needed.

Hans

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