[texworks] [XeTeX] Use of BOM in XeTeX and TeXworks

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 13:14:27 CEST 2019

more readable than a BOM you can use an encoding  comment as far as I can
see for your use case

eg as listed here


On Wed, 10 Jul 2019 at 12:07, Taylor, P <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:

> Two related questions, the second dependent on the answer to the first.
>    1. Is XeTeX happy with a BOM in UTF-8 files
>    2. Could TeXworks be enhanced to (a) recognise, and (b) insert if
>    absent, a BOM in UTF-8 files ?
> The reason for my request is that while, on a day-to-day basis, I work
> solely in UTF-8, I have a suite of legacy (ISO-8859-1) files on which I
> need to continue to work.  No matter whether I configure TeXworks to
> operate by default in UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1, there invariably comes a time
> when I open a file of the other type, make a change (without noticing that
> some of the on-screen characters are wrong) and attempt to compile.  At
> that point, the file is saved with the wrong encoding, and unless I have an
> archival copy, all is lost.
> Philip Taylor
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