(La)Tex and non-ascii character sets
Posted Mar 2, 2007 16:04 UTC (Fri) by jschrod
In reply to: (La)Tex and non-ascii character sets
Parent article: Mitchell Baker and the Firefox Paradox (Inc)
Some small addition: inputenc does not "translate to ASCII", but to LICR, the LaTeX Internal Character Representation. I.e., inputenc transforms the input into internal tokens, none of them being ASCII.
And while the PP is very obviously wrong -- since more than 10 years -- in the assertion that LaTeX is ASCII only, it is true that working in a UTF-8 environment with TeX is not really well supported. Being able to type UTF-8 characters in one's TeX files is only part of the game; BibTeX, index sorting, and other auxilliary tools are really missing for most end users.
It's a sad state, but then, we're simply too few developers over here in TeX-land.
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