[texhax] How to write straight accents in TeX (not LaTeX!)

Donald Arseneau asnd at triumf.ca
Sat Sep 8 01:52:21 CEST 2007

"Pablo Mayckon" <pmsf at alu.dc.ufc.br> writes:

> Having been using LaTeX for more than two years, I have now decided to learn
> TeX. I've just finished chapter 6 of the TeXbook.
> But I'm from Brazil and I need to use accents quite often. When I used LaTeX,
> that wasn't a problem, 'cause all I needed to do was to write
> "\usepackage[latin9]{inputenc}". But now I'm in TeX and, as I expected, it
> doesn't know what "\usepackage" is.

What you are "in" is the *plain* TeX format, which is extremely limited,
using only the computer modern font at 10 pt.  eplain gives you more.
But you probably want to use a font already encoded in something like

Donald Arseneau                          asnd at triumf.ca

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