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Re: Spanish font failure in Table of Contents

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: Spanish font failure in Table of Contents
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 15:43:11 +0000 (UTC)

   Basically, 8-bit input does not work in the current texinfo.tex.

Oh!  I thought it did work -- I thought that some people in Spain
were writing documentation in Spanish.  I guess I was wrong.

Also, I thought that the @documentlanguage command implied support
for many languages.  Now, however, I read the next node in the
Texinfo manual and it says

    File: texinfo,  Node: documentencoding

    address@hidden ENC': Set Input Encoding

      The address@hidden' command declares the input document
    encoding.  Write it on a line by itself, with a valid encoding
    specification following, such as `ISO-8859-1'.

      At present, this is used only in HTML output from `makeinfo'.

which implies it does not yet work for dvi output.

   Clearly it's highly desirable that it should, but I have not had the
   chance to work on it.  It's a large job, ....

<sigh> Over the next few months, I hope to inspire more translations
including German, French, and Chinese, and would like to produce them
in Texinfo.  I did not know that could not be done.

   The only workaround is to use composite accents such as @'o, 

That might work with Spanish, but not with Chinese.

As a work around, can I convert the Texinfo file with the Spanish in
it to DocBook or other XML using makeinfo and then print the result
and convert it to an HTML page? 

    Robert J. Chassell                  address@hidden
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