[OS X TeX] Ucs Package

Alex lists at lexial.ca
Thu Mar 16 20:54:31 EST 2006

Two questions re using Unicode.

(1) By trial and error, I discovered that the ucs package works only if 
the source file is UTF-8 without a BOM. Is there any way to configure 
this package to handle other formats?

(2) What can be done about a character not defined in the ucs package?

When I process:


I get:

     Error: Unknown Unicode character 8209 = U+2011

If I do it interactively and type H for help I get:

     Unicode character 8209 = U+2011:
     Character is not defined in uni-*.def files.
     Enter I!<RET> to define the glyph.

If I proceed, I'm asked for a definition of the glyph, and I have no 
clue what to do.

On the other hand, if I replace "8209" with "8222", I get:

     LaTeX Error: Command \quotedblbase unavailable in encoding OT1

Does anyone have any idea what's going on here and what I can do about 


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