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Re: Typesetting non-ASCII names in Emacs manuals (was: Emacs-diffs Diges

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Typesetting non-ASCII names in Emacs manuals (was: Emacs-diffs Digest, Vol 100, Issue 28)
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 01:12:55 -0500

> Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 23:14:15 GMT
> From: address@hidden (Karl Berry)
> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
> Although I am not one to downplay the importance of correctly
> typesetting people's names, I question whether doing so requires using
> UTF-8 for the manual.  After all, the manuals are about Emacs and are
> written in US English using 7-bit ASCII, not about stressing the
> typesetting system by expecting to be able to handle every script in the
> world in one document simultaneously.

Exactly my thoughts, yes.

> Here's a kludge that comes to mind as a possible workaround: Perhaps the
> names could be written in a separate document that uses standard LaTeX
> (or XeLaTeX), where all the necessary fonts are at least conceivably
> available (though don't expect it to be zero effort to get it all to
> work).  Or perhaps it takes several small documents, one for each major
> script family.  The separate documents could be included in the manual
> in their .pdf form for the TeX output.  

Thanks.  Could you perhaps outline the procedure for each of these
workarounds and perhaps show some examples, or point to some
documentation or discussions from which such a procedure could be

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