[OS X TeX] Some Encoding & Keyboard Questions

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Feb 3 09:54:58 EST 2006


I'm pretty much and encoding and non-US keyboard ignoramous so I have  
the following questions, most concerning the bullet (•) character.

1)Does Opt-8 give a bullet on all keyboard layouts by default? I know  
I've set autocomplete up with my TeXShop to expand it to \textbullet  
but I want to know the default behavior.

I think I remember reading that TeXShop uses UTF-8 encoding  
internally in the Editor and the translation to other encodings is  
made when the file is read/written.

2)If I have my default file encoding set to UTF-8 how does TeXShop  
know that a certain file is not in UTF-8 when it reads it? If I open  
a MacOSRoman (my actual default - just because) file a dialog box  
comes up saying it isn't UTF-8 and will be read in as MacOSRoman. Is  
there some sort of BOM at the start of a UTF-8 file that  
distinguishes it from other (indistinguishable by TeXShop) formats?

3)I sometimes see, from e-mail replies, that the bullet character (•)  
I sent looks different in the quoted material than when I sent it.  
Sometomes it looks like a small black apple glyph sometimes something  
else. Is there some partial translation being made somewhere?

4)Am I correct in assuming that .plist files are always stored as  
UTF-8? What about internal strings within the TeXShop binary? Oops  
that's two questions.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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