[tex-live] TL2004: Technical problems and testing

Olaf Weber olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Wed May 12 16:30:28 CEST 2004

Petr Olsak writes:
> On Fri, 7 May 2004, Olaf Weber wrote:

>> - For \write, the setup is as follows:
>> - By default, printable means printable ASCII, codes [32..127].
>>   This is Knuth's original definition.
>> - Giving the -8bit option changes the default to make all characters
>>   printable.
>> - In a TCX file you can specify a third value, to explicitly set
>>   a character as printable or non-printable.  This is the way to
>>   make characters non-printable if -8bit is used as well.
>> - The xord/xchr/xprn arrays are always saved in the format, for all
>>   engines except those in the Omega family.  Thus, a TCX or -8bit
>>   given in INI mode sets the defaults for that format.
>> - If a TCX is specified, it overrules whatever is in the format.
>> - If -8bit is specified, it overrules whatever is in the format.
>> - The \xchr, \xord, \xprn primitives are only available in encTeX.

> OK. It seems that -8bit is equivalent to -translate-file=cp8bit.

It isn't, because cp8bit.tcx doesn't make _all_ characters printable.

Olaf Weber

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