[XeTeX] Hyperref \hyperlink and \hypertarget not working with accented characters

Danyll Wills dwills at netvigator.com
Thu Nov 3 15:21:57 CET 2011

I think you are right. Surely the reason most of us care about these issues is that we are working in other languages, not just English. I began using XeTeX specifically because of how it handles multiple languages. My view is terribly simple: the world is far too interesting a place to be restricted to ASCII! 

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On 3 Nov, 2011, at 21:53, "Philip TAYLOR (Webmaster, Ret'd)" <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:

> Danyll Wills wrote:
>> Phil, I use XeLaTeX for Chinese, Japanese and Mongolian. I have watched the discussion over the past few days and am 100 per cent behind you. I started my programming life in the early '80s using 8086 Assembly language. Nothing irritates me more than the idea that ASCII is the only way to go. Your latest explanation was spot on! Well done.
>> /Danyll
> Thank you, Danyll.  Although there are times when I feel like
> a lone prophet crying in the desert, I genuinely believe
> that people such as Heiko, Ross, Arthur et al are actually on
> our side : they too understand the need for people to be able
> to mark-up and typeset in any of the world's languages, and have
> probably done more than most to make this possible (and are still
> doing so).
> Yet there /are/ lacunæ, and when they are identified (such
> as the lack of support for arbitrary Unicode characters in the first
> parameter to \hyperlink and \hypertarget), then surely it is
> better to accept that work still needs to be done, rather than
> attempt to sweep the problem under the carpet by saying "Don't
> use non-ASCII characters in the link" without adding "until this
> limitation can be overcome", or by stating that "Letters and digits
> are safe" without clarifying that by "letter" the author is referring
> solely to a very restricted set of "letters" that almost certainly
> excludes such common letters as "ł" or "ę", "ư" or "ẻ".
> ** Phil.
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