At 11.12 +0200 2001-05-13, Hans Aberg wrote:
>At 17:40 +0200 2001/05/12, Lars Hellström wrote:
>> This is why current LaTeX converts everything to
>>LICR before it is written to the .aux file: the elements of the input
>>encoding (as Frank called them above) do not have a single welldefined
>>meaning. What has been discussed is that one might used some form of
>>Unicode (most likely UTF-8) in these files instead.
>Forget everything about variable sized characters as far as the extension
>of TeX goes, and hook onto translators outside that recognize other
>formats. Variable sized characters just complicates programming.
Well, the \InputTranslation and \OutputTranslation primitives of Omega
already provide that functionality, so there is no need to deal with
variable-sized characters in the TeX programming. The problem is that one
might want to employ additional sets of translations (which would then act
on streams of equally-sized characters) between those extremes of the
program, but Omega doesn't provide for this.