TeX and UCS [was: Latin-1...]

From: Juliusz Chroboczek (jec@dcs.ed.ac.uk)
Date: Tue Aug 03 1999 - 06:32:56 EDT

Michael Eveson:

ME> Fix TeX. It needs to grow up and use the UCS properly.

TeX cannot be changed. TeX monotonically converges towards $\pi$, and
until the Congress of the United States pass a bill to the effect that
$\pi>4$[1], a new major version of TeX is impossible.

A variant of TeX that internally uses (a subset of) UCS-2 has been
written, though. It is called `Omega,' and was written by Yannis
Haralambous. Available from CTAN; more information can be found on


(By the way, Markus, what do you know about work to make Emacs
Unicode-based? I would love to switch to a Unicode-based Emacs (the
FSF version, not XEmacs).)


[1] I better not joke about this, for fear that they actually do.

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