[OS X TeX] Suggestions about input encoding - utf-8, latin1, latin9??

Bastian Philipps bph at gmx.info
Thu Jan 12 07:47:46 EST 2006

What would be the best encoding to be used in a paper, that has to be 
shared across MacOS X, Linuxes and Windows, so that we all can work with 
plain umlauts and symbols

Obviously MacOSRoman aka applemac would not do the job.

Unicode aka utf-8 should be the best choice, but as one could lately see 
in the discussion about the incompatibilities with the soul-package 
(which i do not need), utf-8 support in TeX is still quite experimental.
As far as the latest release of inputenc (2004/02/05) is concerned, it 
is only mentioned as very experimental in the documentation.

What about latin1 or latin9?
What is the difference between those and will they be sufficient for the 
usual english, french and german texts and the usual symbols as §, € etc.

I am aware of the late discussion "Textencoding MacOS Roman vs UTF-8" on 
this list (http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.tex.macosx/5961), which 
encourages me to use latin1.
I am just interested in any current developments and experiences.

Thanks for the info and Greetings to you all

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