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It would be very rude to all the users who rely on your package to swap its function for an error message. I can not understand how someone ever could consider such a reckless approach. Some years ago the maintainer of Linux Libertine cut the support for pdftex and I found myself in the middle of my work towards a deadline trying desperately to get the ...


Simply including \usepackage{amsmath} the problem is solved across all the documment, surprinsingly (at least for me) also in plain text or simple tables. In the MWE below, all the asteriks are showed. If the package is removed, then *12 is always rendered as 12, without the asterisk. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} *11 ...


Don't use utf8x; with an up-to-date TeX distribution it could show necessary only for its most obscure features (faking characters with images from the Web, for instance). The problem with Greek, which was probably the main reason for adopting utf8x instead of utf8, have since be solved and \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...


UTF8 and ASCII are byte for byte identical for characters in the ascii range so if you have a plain text file that is ascii encoded it is also UTF-8 encoded, and similarly if it is UTF-8 encoded but only has characters in the range x00 - x7F then they are encoded directly as themselves with bytes in the same range so are valid ASCII files.

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