[OS X TeX] Indexing with Diacritics

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu Jan 4 10:19:13 EST 2007

On 4 Jan 2007, at 3:11 pm, Alan Munn wrote:

> At 7:44 AM +0100 1/4/07, Simon Spiegel wrote:
>> On 03.01.2007, at 19:45, André Bellaïche wrote:
>>> Until now, the most convenient way I have found to make an index  
>>> in French with é, è, ç, à, ù, ï characters is to revert to Mac OS  
>>> 9 (Classic) and to use the old Makeindex application (which had  
>>> the ability of dealing with diacritics ten years ago...). (I  
>>> still have a PPC computer.)
>> You might take a look at xindy which is much more versatile than  
>> makeindex, especially (but not only) when it comes to special  
>> characters.
> Simon, have you managed to get xindy to work on OS X?  The webpage  
> says there's no port for the Mac, and installation relies on a  
> prebuilt binary.  Building from source doesn't look like something  
> for the faint of heart, but if you've managed to do it, it would be  
> interesting to find out how.

I built a copy of xindy for Mac OS X (PPC) last year; if you'd like  
to try it, grab it from


and see if it works for you. I am *not* a xindy user and can't offer  
any help; I just built this because people seemed to be having  
problems getting it to compile on OS X.


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