[tex-live] Bug#571679: moving ucs back to -recommended

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 10 18:19:17 CET 2010

Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> On Mi, 10 Mär 2010, Philipp Stephani wrote:
> > If you want Greek, Japanese or similar, you probably should not be
> > using pdfTeX at all. 
> Huuu????? But? Plain TeX? 

unicode-based engines good, 8-bit engines (tex, pdftex,...) bad.

you can bash 16-bit (or whatever) characters into an 8-bit engine, but
the result is hardly robust.  people _can_ do it (witness heiko with
hyperref) but it's going to be increasingly difficult to make such
piecemeal solutions inter-work.

or it would, were it not for xetex and up-and-coming luatex, which
eliminate the need for the lot.

in the words of the advertising twaddle: you _know_ it makes sense.


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