[texhax] Problem with French composition

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Aug 24 17:19:10 CEST 2009

On Aug 23, 2009, at 6:54 AM, Jacques Goldman wrote:

> I'm new to Tex. I've downloaded the MacTex distribution.
> All was OK so far.
> I tried the example shown in the "Red me First " document. OK So far
> After that I tried some sentences in french tthus containing é, è ù  
> and accented letters.
> Unfortunately those letters have disapeared in the output text. I  
> mean a word like "où" or "désespérément" results in "o" and  
> "dsprment' in the output.
> Could you tell me how to fix that problem? I suppose that MacTex  
> Latex is language free and accept any language.
> I also change some encoding schemes but with no succes.
> In advance thanks for help

John Culleton's note:
>> Use of the actual accented character in your .tex file is likely to
>> fail. Only characters in the ASCII character set should be used in
>> your source file.

Only applies if one wishes to limit oneself to working w/ Plain TeX in  
an unchanged version.

For LaTeX one would do something like:



è ù


or if one wishes to stick to Plain TeX one could use xetex which would  
allow direct handling of UTF8 input.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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