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Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 08:01:14 -0400
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Subject: Re: future
From: William Adams <[log in to unmask]>
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On Jun 20, 2011, at 5:08 PM, Uwe Lueck wrote:

> ... an idea deriving from discussions at the Munich TeX Stammtisch:
>     LaTeX3 -- the future of LaTeX -- forever!

Okay, given that, what would be the ideal document preamble to make the transition from 2e to 3 easier?

I ask this 'cause after a lengthy set of discussions on the OS X TeX and texhax mailing lists I was able to help out a visually disabled user who was mystified by their underscores ``disappearing'' when using a screen reader (they were of course visible in the output, but since they were filled vector rectangles weren't read out) by having them add:

> \usepackage{lmodern}
> \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
> \usepackage{textcomp}

to their preamble, then getting the underscores into their .pdf by prefacing them w/ the \string command.

So I guess this has two questions:

1 - what is the optimal way to get non-standard characters like that into a text stream?

2 - would it be possible to create a suggested list of packages which will align insofar as is possible w/ how we envision LaTeX3's 2e compatibility mode, so as to ease the transition from 2e to 3?


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.