[OS X TeX] possible character-mapping bug in gwTeX

Christopher Brislawn brislawn at lanl.gov
Fri Oct 14 19:21:19 EDT 2005

On 15 Oct 2005, at 00:25:59 CEST, Maarten Sneep wrote:

 >> This *could* be a font encoding problem, but I tried saving the
 >> source in various encodings (MacOSRoman, ISO Latin 1, Latin 5, etc.)
 > It is. In LaTeX, add \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} and the problem
 > disappears. How to do this in plain TeX, I don't know.

That did it; problem solved!  I am perfectly content to use LaTeX, I 
only presented plain TeX to show that the problem wasn't 

On 15 Oct 2005, at 00:26:50 CEST, Jonathan Kew wrote:

 > Not a bug; this is expected behavior, and will be the same in any
 > standard TeX installation on any platform.

Actually, the sample text I sent in compiled and rendered to Postscript 
"correctly" (i.e., as *I* expected) using my previous workhorse, Y&Y 
TeX on Win XP (in LaTeX with Lucida fonts).

 > <, >, and | do not normally occur in printed English text.

Not counting the usage at the start of the above lines, of course.
I discovered this problem when I moved my first work-in-progress from 
the Y&Y setup to the Mac; it contained in-line mathematical jargon of 
the form "something > something else," which revealed the problem very 
nicely.  I still think it's bizarre and error-provoking to redefine a 
standard keyboard character to a different symbol, particularly if it's 
only done in *some* font styles, and especially when the language has 
macro capabilities for lesser-used symbols.  I really thought I was 
losing my mind for a while there....

Thank you both for responding so promptly!  I never get answers that 
fast around the workplace.


-Chris Brislawn

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