[tex-live] packages with characters > 127

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Thu Dec 31 12:49:15 CET 2009

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> writes:

> Karl Berry a écrit :
>>     It is done (not the TL09 version, though). The point is, packages using
>>     non-ascii characters currently don't take that kind of precautions.
>> The point for me is that it shouldn't be up to each individual package
>> author.  It should be done at the engine level.
> If it were doable, I would perhaps agree, but I hardly see a
> way. (Except creating a "bytes mode" in XeTeX/LuaTeX and making it the
> default, which would IMO be a greater evil that the small problems
> we're facing now.)

I think that it is reasonable to have the _LaTeX_ format variant relying
on LuaTeX to switch its input to byte-transparent by default, and have a
specific inputenc package (with a different name) for LuaTeX revert this

Then the standard inputenc (and all files) will work just as good or bad
as they do on other engines (namely using active characters and other
contraptions), and a LuaTeX-specific inputencl or whatever is free to
work better.

David Kastrup

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