[XeTeX] Long dash "--" in Latex

Bruce D'Arcus bdarcus at fastmail.fm
Fri Jul 2 14:44:44 CEST 2004

On Jul 2, 2004, at 6:12 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> A problem can be that in every different language (every different Mac 
> OS X localization) people will have a different notion of what are the 
> most obvious spokes (i.e. the most obvious diacritics needing 
> compatibility with TeX's standard input for them). And this could end 
> up, in some way or another, like reimplementing Omega.

Exactly.  While I understand Ross' point, there just seems something 
perverse about trying to workaround a major feature of XeTeX – that it 
is unicode – to support a major limitation of regular TeX.

The only thing I personally value about TeX is its high-quality 
typesetting.  There's a lot that is a mess about it.  I've had this 
argument elsewhere though (for example, people wanting to support 
character entities in XML document standards, which means one cannot 
ever use anything but a DTD-based toolchain, with all of its 
limitations), and realize YMMV.


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