[OS X TeX] howto do smart (double) quotes with texshop

Bruno Voisin Bruno.Voisin at hmg.inpg.fr
Wed Jun 19 10:52:22 EDT 2002

Le mercredi 19 juin 2002, à 11:04 , Patrick Gundlach a écrit :

> Ross Moore <ross at ics.mq.edu.au> writes:
> Hello Ross,
>>> i do not have texshop installed, but why don't you use the mac-roman
>>> double quotes (get with alt-^ and alt-2 on a german keyboard) and use
>>> \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc}?
>> This is not a solution that I would recommend, for anything but
>> short documents that are unlikely ever to be needed again
>> (e.g. one-off letters and short notes).
> I do not completely agree...
>> [...]

I also do not completely agree. European languages are largely based on 
accents, and using


is the only way I know of writing accented letters directly with the 
keyboard (and thus of using European hyphenation patterns).

Is there a way to avoid this, and still to write directly é è à ù ô etc.?

I thought at one point Unicode and Omega would solve this elegantly, but 
I never got myself to give Omega a try (is it still alive in any case?). 
And I don't consider pre- or post-processors an option (except for 
Rich's and Gerben's TeX + GhostScript mode, but it's done so 
transparently you don't ever have to know it's happening).

The inability to write accents is the objection I get most often when 
trying to convince people from my research unit to use TeX. There are 
fewer and fewer of us, people switching gradually to Microsoft Word and 
now Adobe InDesign over the years. Sadly...

Bruno Voisin

Threaded list archives can be found at:
To UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to <info at email.esm.psu.edu> with
"unsubscribe macosx-tex" (no quotes) in the body.
For additional HELP, send email to <info at email.esm.psu.edu> with
"help" (no quotes) in the body.

More information about the MacOSX-TeX mailing list