lualatex vs pdflatex- char encoding issue not fixed by suggestions found in CTAN etc

Mike Marchywka marchywka at
Fri Feb 18 19:08:14 CET 2022

On Fri, Feb 18, 2022 at 06:47:00PM +0100, Ulrike Fischer wrote:
> Am Thu, 17 Feb 2022 05:38:13 -0500 schrieb Mike Marchywka:
> >> With a current latex this here should work out of the box with an
> >> utf8 encoded file: 
> > This is LuaTeX, Version beta-0.80.0 (TeX Live 2015/Debian) (rev 5238) 
> >  restricted \write18 enabled.
> > LaTeX2e <2016/02/01>
> Well a tex system from 2015 and a latex from 2016 is not current.
> Many things have changed in between, e.g. utf8 is now the default in
> latex and latex properly supports the unicode engines.
> Better don't use lualatex on such an old system, it still had
> various problems at that time and you won't get any sensible
> support. 

 I try to just use whatever is in the ubuntu repo. IIRC, I had
to use it for some graphics thing- I think I was making a horizontal
bar I wanted to put into a table ( I had blood results that needed to
be shown against a reference range and graphics made sense - needed
better than ASCII art and did not want to write my own c++ to make images.
I ended up with lines like this, 
2021-03-24 & total protein & 7.8g/dl ( 5.2-8.2) & \mjmrange{5.2}{8.2}{7.8} \\

this uses tikzpicture although c++ generated stuff may have been easier.
Looking at that now the text and graphics should have been generated together :) 

I don't really need the latest version as I try to just write simple stuff...

These seem to be the bibtex choices,

apropos bibtex
Biber (3pm)          - main module for biber, a bibtex replacement for users ...
biber (1p)           - A bibtex replacement for users of biblatex
Biber::Input::file::bibtex (3pm) - look in a BibTeX file for an entry and cre...
Biber::Output::bibtex (3pm) - class for bibtex output
bibtex (1)           - make a bibliography for (La)TeX
bibtex.original (1)  - make a bibliography for (La)TeX
bibtex8 (1)          - 8-bit Big BibTeX version 0.99c

biber --version
biber version: 2.4

Although right now I'll probably keep developing the home brew component
to write bbl files - this will give me more flexibility in working
with entry types and filling in missing fields with alternatives
as well as making document specific links or other things.
 I guess this could be part of TooBib or I could call it "ForeBib"


> -- 
> Ulrike Fischer 


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