[OS X TeX] path name

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sat Dec 17 19:13:59 EST 2005

Am 17.12.2005 um 23:12 schrieb Friedrich Vosberg:

> How can one modify this commands to achieve the ability to recognize 
> automatically the encoding of the operating file system and the 
> encoding used by TeX to convert the file name and path name by this 
> script with no changes in it necessary?

By writing very clever programmes, with a database onboard ...

TeX could learn to accept three bytes that build an UTF-8 code as first 
'character' of a TeX file, kind of comment, a super-%. This mark would 
make the file recognised as UTF-8 (I think there are other marks for 
UTF-7, UTF-16, UTF-15?, least or most significant bit or byte first). 
If TeX would accept this mark and switch automatically into the 
corresponding input encoding mode ...

There are environment variables, LC_All, LC_LANG, LC_CTYPE. These could 
describe the properties. Create another one that names the output 
file's format ...

Mit friedvollen Grüßen


“Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your 
    - D. E. Knuth, The TeXbook, Addison-Wesley 1984, 1986, 1996, p. 9

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