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Re: [help-texinfo] how does one encode a middle dot? and other questions

From: Benno Schulenberg
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] how does one encode a middle dot? and other questions
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:10:54 +0200

On Sun, Apr 5, 2015, at 17:32, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > From: Benno Schulenberg <address@hidden>
> > 
> > First, is there a way to encode U+00B7 (middle dot) in a texi
> > file, in a way similar to @guillemetright{} and @bullet{}?
> Not clear what you are asking.  A simple answer is just use that
> character in the Texinfo source, [...]

Well, the actual UTF-8 characters is what we have in the .texi
source file now.  But 'svn blame' complains that it is a binary
file.  Of course I could use --force or do a propset, but I
realized that I wish to have the source file in pure plain ASCII.

So I would like to write as ASCII things like @guillemetright{}
and @bullet{} and @middledot{}, and have them come out as actual
UTF-8 characters when makeinfo is run in a UTF-8 locale, and have
them reduced to somehting vaguely similar in locale encodings that
don't have that specific character in their character set.

> The next release will have a feature in the stand-alone Info reader to
> replace the characters that cannot be displayed by suitable ASCII art.

Does that mean that when the .info file contains an actual UTF-8
character, say a right guillemet (U+00BB), and info is run in a plain
POSIX locale, the character would be shown as >> or something?

Hmm, testing it...  Yes, that appears to work.  Cool.

So I could use @documentencoding UTF-8 in some future, and rest
assured that it won't result in garbage in other locales.


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