Documentation (was Re: [OS X TeX] Kanbun (漢文) and French...)

Martin Costabel costabel at
Sun Jan 4 13:28:10 EST 2009

Alain Schremmer wrote:
> My problem is that I originally spent an inordinate amount of time just 
> setting up a LaTeX installation and that each time I changed anything 
> wasted a lot more time doing repairs. Which is THE reason I am still 
> with 10.4.11

I understand you perfectly well. For the same reason, I am still using 
Fink's tetex :-). I know that every time I install or update TeX, I 
loose 2 or 3 days to iron out all the wrinkles from the new 
configuration. I don't want to do this more than once every 2 years or 
so (futile wish, of course; I just installed MacTeX and Fink's tetex on 
two new machines; fortunately I don't have to do serious work on these).

> So, I have no idea what inputenc package I am using, do not know how to 
> find out other than I would have to use the terminal and have no time 
> learning about that. I don't know what unicode is, nor what macosroman 
> or applemac is etc.

But you know how to call TeXShop's preferences pane? On its first 
window, it has a menu called "Encoding". Every text editor has such a 
menu somewhere. This is just life. I find this whole encoding and fonts 
business repulsive, too, just like the different keyboard layouts that 
one has to deal with.


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