[tex-live] Technical showstoppers for TL2003

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Sat Sep 13 21:37:28 CEST 2003

At 21:40 13/09/2003 +0400, you wrote:

>I hope that TeX in TL2003 is no more dependent on locale (which would
>be nonsense from the document portability point of view), and by
>default uses the ^^ notation to output 8-bit chars, allowing to change
>this with the (non-standard) --translate-file option.

I don't understand this: 8-bit-in equals 8-bit-out, that's quite portable 
if there is *no* translation; in my opinion any translation makes the 
document unportable; locales are an OS-thing and it's the OS that makes the 
document unportable, not tex!

Maybe the tex binary could just disable locales for file writes (aren't 
file writes supposed to be binary?)

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