# [TxMt] Unicode Documents in LaTeX

Wed May 16 22:42:33 UTC 2007

```Yeah I can't compile it either. If you have XeLaTeX installed, you
might try to use it. To do that, add the following as the first line

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex

and remove the inputenc line. I actually don't have xelatex installed
personally, so I can't really test this either. But if you have it or
install it, then you should be able to make that work. As Allan said,
LaTeX is a bit picky about what characters it allows.

Another thing you can do is use the babel file, and write in
"greeklish", like in the attached file, which should compile for you
just fine. Not ideal I know, though it allows you to easily switch
between english and greek text (look at the babel package for more
info. Invest in a copy of the LaTeX Companion, 2nd edition, if you
don't already have it. If you do, look at chapter 9.)

It should probably not be too difficult to write a small Ruby script
to convert from Greek to Greeklish and back, which might make things
a bit better, i.e. you could write in Greek and then at the last
moment convert things over to Greeklish. Of course we would need to
be careful and make sure it skips commands etc. But if XeLaTeX is an
option for you, I'd go with that.

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

On May 16, 2007, at 4:10 PM, Constantinos Neophytou ? wrote:

> Unfortunate. I'm attaching a sample of the tex document I'm working
> on... Problem is I don't know if it *should* work or not, i.e. if I
> should be looking in my system configuration...
>
> <untitled.tex>
>
> On May 16, 2007, at 10:24 PM, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:
>
>>
>> On May 16, 2007, at 10:44 AM, Constantinos Neophytou ? wrote:
>>
>>> Hari, you might be able to easily answer this, but I'm posting
>>> this question here in case someone else knows as well...
>>>
>>> I'm trying to typeset a document entirely in Greek. Document
>>> body, section/chapter headers, everything. I have TeXniscope
>>> installed, using teTeX (and relevant packages) installed through
>>> macports.
>>>
>>> \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} at the top produces errors for every
>>> character in the document, in the form of:
>>>
>>> ./untitled.tex:50: Package inputenc Error: Unicode char \u8:? not
>>> set up for us with LaTeX.
>>>
>>> etc. I definitely came across this problem before, but I don't
>>> remember if I eventually solved it or if I found it couldn't be
>>> solved... Anything I can try to resolve this? (or typeset
>>> everything in... ugh.. M\$ w*rd??)
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>
>> Sorry I don't really have any ideas off the top of my head. But if
>> you send me a sample file, I'll see what I can do. I personally
>> never use anything but ASCII characters in my LaTeX documents. You
>> might also want to ask around in the mactex users list. ( http://
>> www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/mailinglist.shtml, you should also read
>> http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/ )
>>
>>> Constantinos
>>