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Re: XeTeX encoding problem

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: XeTeX encoding problem
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:02:57 +0000

On 15 January 2016 at 17:15, Masamichi HOSODA <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I think it could be done by changing the active definitions of bytes
>> 128-256 when writing to an auxiliary file to read a single Unicode
>> character and write out an ASCII sequence that represents that
>> character, probably involving the @U command. Do you know how to do
>> this?
> If I understand correctly, active definitions is unrelated.

It is not unrelated.

> On the other hand, in the case of "bytes" encoding,
> XeTeX reads as following:
>     letter -> ".tex"     -> inner XeTeX
>     F      -> 0x66       -> U+0066
>     ü      -> 0xC3, 0xBC -> U+00C3, U+00BC
>     r      -> 0x72       -> U+0072
> XeTeX writes ".toc" files in UTF-8 *always*.
> It cannot change without something like \XeTeXoutputencoding primitive:
>     letter -> ".tex"     -> inner XeTeX    -> ".toc"
>     F      -> 0x66       -> U+0066         -> 0x66
>     ü      -> 0xC3, 0xBC -> U+00C3, U+00BC -> 0xC3, 0x83, 0xC2, 0xBC
>     r      -> 0x72       -> U+0072         -> 0x72
> As a result, ".tex" and ".toc" are different.
> Moreover, ".toc" is broken. It cannot be repaired.

Your understanding here is correct but is beside the point. I'll
demonstrate with a small change:

Index: texinfo.tex
--- texinfo.tex (revision 6933)
+++ texinfo.tex (working copy)
@@ -4587,7 +4587,7 @@
   % We want to disable all macros so that they are not expanded by \write.
-  \normalturnoffactive
+  %\normalturnoffactive
   % Handle some cases of @value -- where it does not contain any
   % (non-fully-expandable) commands.

This is a change in the \commondummies macro. With this change, with
the following input:

\input texinfo.tex

@documentencoding UTF-8


@chapter für



the following is created in the output auxiliary table of contents file:


Without it, it would be


Do you understand now how changing the active definitions can change
what's written to the output files?

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