[OS X TeX] Re: Preparing large non-tex text for use in latex

"M. Tamer Özsu" ozsut at mac.com
Sun Jul 3 16:39:47 EDT 2011

I have just downloaded 8.2rc2 and I was able to set default encoding to utf-8 in preferences under International. Is this not was was asked?


On 2011-07-03, at 3:09 PM, Joachim Kock wrote:

> Hi Steffen,
>> I would love to use Alpha's filters for this kind of purpose, too.
>> The only reasons why I hesitate are ...
>> ... can Alpha deal with UTF-8 today?
>> ... can Alpha do a non-irrevocable line wrap ("soft wrap")?
> The answer to both questions is no.
> Concerning the first, this is acknowledged by the developers as
> a serious shortcoming.  Work is under way to make the next
> version of Alpha fully unicode compliant, but that's "tomorrow",
> not "today" (8.2).
> (Personally I am rarely bothered by this shortcoming: when it
> comes to TeX, 7-bit ascii seems sufficient for my purposes.)
> The second issue, soft-wrapping, does not seem to be a priority,
> but I would not be surprised if it is offered as an option in
> the next version, which will have a completely rewritten text
> rendering engine, as far as I understand.
> Cheers,
> Joachim.
> PS: Out of curiosity, what is good about soft wrapping, in your
> opinion?  In my ignorance (honestly), I mainly see drawbacks,
> since many line-related operations lose in value, e.g. go-to-
> tex-error-line, diff, comments, discrepancy between line-
> navigation and logical lines, etc.
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