[tex-live] xelatex + files with non-ascii chars

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Wed Aug 10 12:08:48 CEST 2011

When I try to compile a "büro.tex" with xelatex I get a quite
curious error (miktex on win xp) 

I:\Z-Test>xelatex büro
This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-0.9997.5 (MiKTeX 2.9)
entering extended mode
! Undefined control sequence.
<*> b^^?^^³
? x
No pages of output.

I get a similar error with miktex 2.8 on a win7 (only the umlaut is
encoded differently on the terminal). 

I'm not sure if this a problem of the miktex binary I suspect more a
problem in the format files. Could please someone try what happens
in TeXLive?

Ulrike Fischer 

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