[tex-live] moving ucs back to -recommended

Philipp Stephani st_philipp at yahoo.de
Wed Mar 10 11:12:32 CET 2010

----- Ursprüngliche Mail ----
> Von: Vedran Miletić <rivanvx at gmail.com>
> An: Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>
> CC: 571679 at bugs.debian.org; texlive at tug.org
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, den 10. März 2010, 10:38:17 Uhr
> Betreff: Re: [tex-live] moving ucs back to -recommended
> 2010/3/10 Norbert Preining :
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > >From a Debian bug report:
> >
> > ----- Forwarded message from Decklin Foster -----
> >> Somewhere between Lenny and now, ucs.sty was moved from -recommended
> >> to -extra. As UTF-8 support is (I believe) a release goal, I would
> > ----- End forwarded message -----
> >
> > I somehow agree that making inputting utf8 with -recommended would be
> > a nice thing. I don't want to dig through the dependencies now, but
> > are there any specific reasons why we moved ucs package to latexextra?
> Aside from already mentioned things, ucs also breaks pdf title, author
> and keywords. It gets stuff like
> [Pleaseinsert\〰ぐrerenderUnicode{Ž}intopreamble] for every non-ASCII
> character.

To get rid of this behavior, you just have to do what the message suggests (or read the documentation). This is not the reason why ucs and utf8x should be avoided; rather, it's the maintenance status, the complexity of the package, and its failure to work with packages like csquotes.
In princliple, the whole idea of ucs (and also of inputenc) is flawed: The (pdf)TeX engine is not and will never be Unicode-aware. This is impossible to fix on the macro level: you need a modern engine (i.e., LuaTeX).

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