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Werner Lemberg <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 17:30:58 +0200
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On Wed, 18 Jun 1997, Vladimir Volovich wrote:

> Thank you, I now think that my first approach with changing uccode and lccode
> values foe russian letters in LCY encoding is not as good as I thought of it
> some time ago... I changed Babel LCY support to the `canonical' LaTeX solutions,
> and it works well (although slower than the simple approach; but this approach
> is more general and more stable in a multilingual environment).
> But what about sfcodes (and mathcodes) for russian letters?
> May one safely change 'em (and restore) when doing language switching?

I think so. The only reason to be careful with lccodes is hyphenation.
AFAIK the effects of sfcodes will be applied immediately. Please correct
me if I'm wrong.

> Then in the body of \MakeUppercase we should simply do \let\macros\uc@macros
> (in a local group) for all \macroses which have corresponding \uc@macroses or \ls@macroses?
> (we may provide a command, say, \DeclareUCLC{\macros}{\uc@macros}{\lc@macros},
> which will add `\let\macros\uc@macros' to the body of some control sequence,
> say, \do@uccase, and add `\let\macros\lc@macros' to the body of \do@lccase;
> then it would be sufficient to execute \do@uccase in the body of \MakeUppercase.
> This will do all necessary substitutions effectively).

Well, we shouldn't think about the internals of \@uclclist. A longer time
ago I proposed an interface like \AddLowerUpper to add something to this
list, but frankly, I can't remember what the LaTeX has answered, and until
today there is no such interface :-)

> >     \begingroup
> >       \expandafter\toks@\expandafter{\@uclclist}%
> >       \toks@\expandafter{\the\toks@
> >         \rusa\RUSA\rusb\RUSB...}%
> >       \expandafter\gdef\expandafter\@uclclist\expandafter{\the\toks@}
> >     \endgroup
> This could be simplified as follows:
> \expandafter\def\expandafter\@uclclist\expandafter{\@uclclist

Oh. But why should I use the simple solution if the complicated works
too? :-)

> > But the need for T2 is definitely here since 0x80-0xFF is not sufficient
> > for all Cyrillic characters, and the characters in the range 0x00-0x7F
> > *must* follow the default \lccode and \uccode values.
> Why must they? :-) The above mentioned solutions should work here, too.
> [although, it would be *very* inefficient and slow].

Hyphenation will fail if you mix, say, English and Russian in one
paragraph. After all expansion has been done some `\char xxx' will be in
the stream, and TeX will check its \lccode value to find hyphenation
points. There is no possibility to escape.