[XeTeX] what does this imply?

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Apr 12 12:01:32 CEST 2006

On 12 Apr 2006, at 10:09 am, Will Robertson wrote:

> On 12/04/2006, at 18:02 , Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> I think this is because the url.sty file includes a bunch of 8-bit  
>> characters which cannot be properly interpreted as UTF-8
> Has anyone corresponded with Donald Arseneau about this problem?

Not to my knowledge. I don't even recall who originally encountered  
the problem or came up with the workaround.

If someone wants to follow up, I have a comment. Looking at the files  
included with gwTeX, it seems that the url.sty file installed for  
xetex was simply converted from MacRoman or Latin1 or whatever into  
UTF-8 encoding. This means the modified version works with XeTeX, but  
would fail with standard LaTeX, which would see two bytes where it  
expects a single character. A better solution would be to replace the  
(non-portable) literal 8-bit characters with their (portable) ^^xx  
representations, which all versions of TeX can read.


> We're not in exactly in an ideal situation, since I believe it  
> contradicts the license to distribute modified (regardless how  
> little modified) versions of the package with the same name. Not to  
> mention the more important point being that it's just inconvenient.
> Will
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