(La)Tex and non-ascii character sets
Posted Feb 27, 2007 22:30 UTC (Tue) by boog
In reply to: "Dependent on" ???
Parent article: Mitchell Baker and the Firefox Paradox (Inc)
The comment that the ".tex file needs to be ascii" is incorrect. The "inputenc" package can translate many character sets to ascii for you, so the .tex file can be in the native encoding. There is even the ucs package for translating native utf-8 unicode.
There is still at least one problem for non-ascii character sets though, and that is bibtex (the bibliography tool), which requires the .bib bibliography databases to be in standard tex (\"u for u-umlaut, etc). I wonder whether there wouldn't be a workaround whereby inputenc or ucs would be run on the .bib file before bibtex processes it.
Although I don't use it, other systems built upon tex, such as ConTeXt might be considered to have a more "modern" syntax, if you don't like (la)tex.
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