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We work on a latex document with three persons using emacs on linux, emacs on windows and texniccenter on windows. We encountered problems with umlauts and linebreaks. I would like to know:

  • We should probably use utf8 encoding. Can I tell Texniccenter or other "easy to use" Latex editors on windows to use utf8 and keep a unix-formatted file (concerning linebreak) in that format?

  • Are there general recommendations for this problem?

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I think that Texmaker or TeXStudio are what you're looking for; they are multiplatform, so you can have the same environment on both systems. – egreg Dec 12 '12 at 12:45
More generally, there are many IDEs which can do this: see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/339/latex-editors-ides – Joseph Wright Dec 12 '12 at 13:04
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As for the other "easy" to use editors, although not latex specific, it is worth mentioning notepad++. It is a free windows editor for plain text or coding, with some advanced features such as syntax highligting, folding, autoindent, etc. And of course it can read utf8 and unix linefeeds. – JLDiaz Feb 25 '13 at 23:13
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Beside the suggestion of a multi platform TeX editor: If the Windows user insisted on TeXnicCenter, he/she should use the quite new TeXnicCenter 2.0 Beta1 (TXC below) – for download go to http://www.texniccenter.org/ –, then all of your requirements would be satisfied:

  • It is UTF8-aware.
  • It can read files with UNIX line endings (i.e. bare line feeds).

Both is indicated on the status bar, what must be activated, of course (in menu “View”):

statusbar excerpt

The TXC user could set up the following: Under menu “Tools” –> “Options” –> “Files” –> “Default” he/she could also change the default line ending for newly created files to UNIX style:

TXC options menu

Converting between ending formats and also between charsets can in TXC only be done, when one uses the “Save As” or “Save Copy As” dialogues:

“Save as” dialogue

Also a general text editor could be used for this purpose. There is a bunch of good text editors for Windows out there also with TeX syntax highlighting and possibility of converting, one of them was mentioned here several times, see an example in Using Notepad++ with MiKTeX on Windows and the respective entry under LaTeX Editors/IDEs.

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