[OS X TeX] A matter of degree (C or F)

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Thu May 28 18:59:19 EDT 2009

On May 28, 2009, at 6:17 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 28.05.2009 um 19:36 schrieb Alain Schremmer:
>> — I have no interest in, and even less time for, the intricacies  
>> of encoding. (I don't even know what I am using.)
> You certainly pay attention to which kind of petrol, diesel, or gas  
> you fill into your car.

Not really other than using the cheapest I can get. (My racing car  
days are very long gone.)

> Or fill your stomach with.

Now here we are talking about something entirely different.

> The same natural relationship is appropriate for LaTeX input (and  
> font) encodings. I think the Latin input encodings even use a  
> workaround for °: \ensuremath{^\circ} when the \textdegree macro is  
> used.


> Not paying attention to input encoding means not paying attention  
> to non-7-bit characters, meaning: avoiding them in any case.

That's fine with me whatever that means.

>> — textcomp certainly looks like a very powerful package and I had  
>> forgotten about it but won't (famous last words)
> The texcomp package is too eminent that almost no-one is using it.

 From just looking at the Companion 2ed, I can see that this is  
something that is worth . . .  keeping in mind just in case.

> For me textcomp (and choice of encodings) is part of any LaTeX  
> document. It's like underwear and shoes (actually sandals) and sun  
> glasses (as protection against summer sun shine) as basis of my  
> other clothes.

While I do wear underwear, I am barefoot most of the time and never  
use sun glasses.

What it all boils down to is that, as far as typesetting goes, I am  
far from being a perfectionist and care only for (rough) "mise en  
page" and not much else.

I do enjoy reading other people being perfectionists about  
typesetting as well as about other things, it warms my heart but,  
myself, I do tend to be innately a slob.

Best regards

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