[tex-live] OT2 vs. T2A; compilation by apache user issues

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 25 14:02:18 CET 2014

Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:

> Is it not time to put this sad, inadequate, antedeluvian 8-bit
> technology out of its misery ?  Is there any real reason why
> someone wanting multiple language support should not simply
> adopt Unicode and Xe[La]TeX as his (or her) preferred way of
> working ?

most of the time (fsvo "most") the 7-bit knuthian fonts just work.  the
latex-inspired 8-bit encodings have been useful for some time, too.

however, there are painfully many legacy applications whose structure
assumes an 8-bit font structure.  (example: the uk tex faq.)

what's missing is the tutorial stuff to help people to switch.  i'll
soon have more spare time (i'm about to retire), and such material is on
my to-do list.  i advise users not to hold their breath...

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