# [XeTeX] Biblatex and Biber UTF-8 file

Karljurgen Feuerherm kfeuerherm at wlu.ca
Fri Nov 12 02:00:12 CET 2010

Hello all,

I seem to be running into a bit of a contradictory situation.

I wish to use Biblatex, and the bib file must be Unicode to accommodate all the characters that will appear there. I understand that I have to use Biber as a backend to have a Unicode bib file, and on p40 of the Biblatex manual, I read that in XeTeX I need \usepackage[bibencoding=inputenc]{biblatex}. However, this causes the compiler to complain that I haven't loaded inputenc.

On the other hand, if I load inputenc, the compiler tells me I shouldn't do that as it could lead to problems, since XeTeX is natively UTF-8....

Presumably I'm misunderstanding something?

A testfile is appended below. (I've left the other packages in just in case it's relevant.)

Thanks,

K
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\documentclass[12pt,b5paper,onecolumn,twoside,openright,draft,leqno]{memoir}

\usepackage{multicol}														% Multicol must precede bidi.
\usepackage[]{polyglossia}													% Polyglossia must precede bidi. Polyglossia loads fontspec.
\usepackage{xltxtra}														% Xltxtra must precede bidi.
\usepackage[bibencoding=inputenc,block=space,style=philosophy-modern]{biblatex}
\usepackage{bidi}														% Bidi must precede xunicode.
\usepackage{csquotes}
%\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{xstring}
\usepackage{xunicode}

% Set Polyglossia parameters
\setdefaultlanguage[variant=british]{english}												% Follow UK rather than US standards.
\setotherlanguage[]{bulgarian}													%'Bulgarian' is really Sumero-Akkadian ;)
\setotherlanguage[]{french}