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

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Sep 11 14:54:30 CEST 2007

On Sep 8, 2007, at 7:40 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

> What I don't understand is that you say that only cmr10 is supported
> by plain TeX.  You can use any font in plain TeX.  Things are not as
> convenient as in LaTeX, eplain, or Context, but I think that it's ok
> for Pablo not to use any macro packages because I assume that it's
> more important for him to understand how things work, or, with other
> words, as they are described in the TeXbook.

Well, it begs the question of why he's using Plain TeX instead of LaTeX:

> On Sep 7, 2007, at 4:45 PM, Pablo Mayckon wrote:
>> P.S.: As I tried to indicate in the subject of this message, I  
>> would like to
>> type accents in a straightforward manner, that is, "á" and not "\'a".

This could be handled by using xetex instead:


If Pablo is interested in using Plain TeX for some reason other than  
developing a facility for low-level macros, XeTeX may be more  


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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