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[help-texinfo] Re: xml id characters

From: Per Bothner
Subject: [help-texinfo] Re: xml id characters
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2007 17:04:01 -0800
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Karl Berry wrote:
    How well does texinfo handle Unicode characters?

As far as makeinfo goes, it just passes along whatever it sees in the
input to the output, and dumps the @documentencoding value into the
output as well.  It doesn't try to interpret characters in any way.
No doubt it'll be a problem at some point, but it seems to have more or
less sufficed so far.

Of course you have to known the encoding if you want to check validity
of base attributes, though for id attributes I guess you can cheat and
assume that any bytes with the high bit set are probably ok, at least
in terms of conflicting with delimiters etc.

Texinfo doesn't support UTF-8, according to the manual.
That is arguably a problem.  In fact, UTF-8 should probably be the
default: It is the default for HTML, XML, and at least some GNU/Linux
systems (including Fedora).
        --Per Bothner

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