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Re: How to create a PDF-Printer from the command line

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On Tue, Jan 09, 2018 at 05:01:50PM -0600, David Wright wrote:
> On Tue 09 Jan 2018 at 23:20:55 (+0100), tomas@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:


> > Modern (La)TeX implementations should be able to cope with UTF-8


> Thanks. I feel ashamed that I'm wasting your time, and that of
> Ionel Mugurel Ciobîcă.

No worries: people here are not forced to answer :-)

>                        I'm only testing the methods being suggested
> here for conversion. It's proved valuable (for me) as I hadn't come
> across txt2pdf before, which is already wrapped up in my .bashrc,
> but one does see poor suggestions as well as good ones.
> I've been a LaTeX user for over 30 years, so I've stripped out more
> Unicode workarounds than I care to mention over the years. Remember
> this sort of stuff?
> \catcode`Æ=13 \defÆ{\AE}% handle Æ
> \catcode`æ=13 \defæ{\ae}% handle æ


You bet. My first TeX was on an Atari ST ($DEITY knows when: Wikipedia
says between 1985 and 1993). LaTeX wasn't around. UTF-8 much less.
Heck, even Latin-1 wasn't quite there, German tended to cannibalize
several ASCII codes for its special characters (you had to decide
whether you wanted '{' or 'ä' or something). The "upper half" tended
to be some weird graphical chars.

Oh, yes, I do remember. Dimly, though.

> I do remember \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}, but even that has been
> superceded by \RequirePackage{fontspec} (yes, I moved on from
> using .sty files to .cls files about 5 years ago).


> Apologies again.

Again, no worries.

- -- tomás
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