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

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at
Sun Jan 4 15:21:05 EST 2009

On Jan 4, 2009, at 2:50 PM, cfrees at wrote:

> On Sun 4th Jan, 2009 at 14:38, Alain Schremmer seems to have written:
>> On Jan 4, 2009, at 1:28 PM, Martin Costabel wrote:
>>> But you know how to call TeXShop's preferences pane? On its first  
>>> window, it has a menu called "Encoding".
>> You walk in a room in which you know there is potentially lethal  
>> equipment. Of course, you hit the first switch you find? I stay  
>> away from any button/switch about something I don't understand.  
>> When I first downloaded gwTeX, the i-installer asked me only one  
>> question: Letterhead or A7. Since A7 was after my time, I  
>> hesitated a bit but since I definitely knew what letterhead was  
>> and since I HAD to respond, I went with letterhead, if with some  
>> trepidation.
> Maybe it asked you to choose letterpaper or A4? That would seem more
> likely. A7 would be _tiny_ - half of half of half of A4! And  
> letterhead
> sounds very specific for general use. :)

You "seem" to be right. (The reason I am saying it this way is 7  
seems indeed high but mostly that my last installation of gwTeX—which  
I am still using—is at least three years old and I can't really  
>>> 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.
>> Fortunately, 99% of what I write nowadays is in English but the  
>> remaining 1% French is indeed a pain.
> What's also a pain is the apparent inability of the OS to tie a
> keyboard layout/input thing to an application. I can't seem to  
> teach it
> that I *always* want a US layout when I'm in Terminal (so that I can
> type hash symbols) even if I'm typing my Welsh homework in TeXShop!

And that I cannot change at the flick of something what language I am  
writing in and that I have to put up with the English spell checker  
when I am writing in French.

That's life.

Best regards

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