[OS X TeX] encoding and special characters in TexShop

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Sep 14 05:50:18 EDT 2006

Le 14 sept. 06 à 11:08, Alex Hamann a écrit :

> 1. Encoding:
> when choosing a given way of encoding my tex documents can that  
> make calling the inputenc package obsolet?
> to be precise: can I not call the inputenc package when encoding a  
> german document with isolatin?

No, you must call it (with option [latin1] in your case). Otherwise  
LaTeX won't know what to do with your non-ASCII input. See, for ISO  
Latin 1, the file /Library/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/latex/base/ 
latin1.def which tells LaTeX, when calling inputenc, how to interpret  
your non-ASCII input.

An alternative is to switch to XeTeX, which expects UTF-8 input  
natively: you just have to select UTF-8 encoding in TeXShop, and  
XeTeX will process your input text directly without needing any  
dedicated LaTeX package to do so.

> 2. i noticed that iTexMac and Aquamacs display the German Umlaute  
> correctly in the editor window. TexShop seems to insist in  
> converting them directly in the Tex commands (\"u, etc.) - no  
> matter how the document is encoded. Is there a way to teach TexShop  
> the other behaviour?

I think this behaviour is activated by the option Preferences >  
Document > Editor > Automatic Completion. Uncheck it, you're done.

Bruno Voisin

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