[OS X TeX] LaTeX in TeX Live 2018

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat May 5 10:50:47 EDT 2018


It seems that LaTeX (latex or pdflatex) accepts UTF-8 input, as though \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} was being used (i.e., a subset of UTF-8 Unicode useful in Western Europe), out of the box in TeX Live 2018. For some time previously it seems it accepted latin9 input; but I have no idea how far back that went. I still suggest always using the inputenc package to prevent confusion when sharing files. Also note that files that previously included latin9 accented characters will need to have \usepackage[latin9]{inputenc} added it it wasn't already there.

Note that what characters are actually used in the output with that [utf8] input depends upon the font encoding. So é will be that actual, accented character with T1 font encoding but be a constructed character, acting like \'e, with OT1 font encoding.

If I have any of this wrong please let me know!

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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