[tex-live] packages with characters > 127

Elie Roux elie.roux at telecom-bretagne.eu
Thu Dec 31 15:57:37 CET 2009

Jonathan Kew a écrit :
> I don't know what you mean about "things encoding-independent". 
> Suppose package A uses CP-1252 quote marks in its error messages, and 
> package B uses MacRoman quote marks, and package C uses UTF-8 quote 
> marks. Unless the TeX processor is aware of the intended encoding when 
> it loads each the package, there's no chance of it ultimately writing 
> the correct text to its console or logfile output (which might be in 
> any of those encodings, but surely should not contain a random, 
> unmarked mixture of them).

I agree: to take an example, I asked the author of mattens.sty to replace

\PackageWarning{mattens}{Unknown option ‘\CurrentOption’}}


\PackageWarning{mattens}{Unknown option `\CurrentOption'}}

and there are several packages in this situation, so I replace 8-bit by 
ascii, which is ways better for error messages as you said (especially 
since one cannot count on a term encoding). I'm talking about this kind 
of things...

I'm also talking about packages that use £ as a delimiter, setting 
another catcode to it only for the .sty file, it won't change anything 
to ^^ify it or not: it will work for latin1 and latin9 (for which the 
package was written), but also for UTF-8, and will possibly fail for 
other encodings, but it already failed before, so the only thing that 
will change is that it will work with native UTF-8... (I'm not writing 
to packages for which I would need to change a 8-bit character that are 
not meant to be latin1).

I don't revolutionize LaTeX nor packages, I'm just making some packages 
more LuaTeX-compliant...

Thank you,

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