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.
Only use a character type with at least 32 bits internally in the program,
and with exactly 32 bits in the basic, non-translated IO file format.