Re: [OS X TeX] how to get the ï character ?

Justin Walker justin at
Thu May 13 16:57:55 EDT 2004

On May 13, 2004, at 12:25, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 13 mei 2004, at 20:30, Justin Walker wrote:
>> On May 13, 2004, at 10:59, Matthias Damm wrote:
>>> Am 13.05.2004 um 04:40 schrieb Justin Walker:
>>>> I dunno how portable that is.  What happens when you take the .tex 
>>>> file
>>>> to, oh, say, a Windoze box and try to 'latex' it (however one does
>>>> that)?
>>> As long as you use a Latin encoding this should not make any 
>>> problems (as long as the editor on the other system is able to open 
>>> a file in the encoding you are using, but Latin1 will be available 
>>> everywhere).
>> Right.  What happens if you just drag the .tex file to another system 
>> and run 'latex' on it?
> Just what you expect: the latex file contains a line 
> \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
> This line tells latex to laod a file that describes the funky 
> high-byte characters in terms of the old font commands, it maps ï to 
> \"{\i}.

Thanks; that's what I wondered about (although, to be honest, I 
expected something different :-}).

> Even though the editor (the computer program) on the other system may 
> not understand the file, latex will. Of course, when sharing the 
> source, it is nice it the source itself is readable in the editor 
> (otherwise just send the pdf). For the latter: MacRoman is not good, 
> latin1 is probably best, even though it is not the same as Windows 
> latin 1 (but for the common characters, it is close enough).

I'm not sure we've got the bugs worked out of non-7-bit text yet.



Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-At-Large  *
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