I am beginning a new project where I will be using far more special characters and accents than I ever have before. Given that this will not be in my native language (or a language I even speak) I am trying to consider and balance several things
Proofreading and transferring content between containers or viewers will become a nightmare if I fill up my document with words interrupted with backslashes and punctuation or letter combinations that aren't actually part of the word i.e.
\thinstead of þ (which yes can have certain phonetic value).
Having never worked with an ascii "container" that can accept special characters (I have always used a reduced UTF-8 encoded file so that when copying content out of alternate sources, special characters like the wrong hyphen or non breaking spaces are detected for me and filtered) I would worry about the stability of these characters.
Conflicts between symbols and accents and special characters and fonts...
So all you Tex gurus and/or users who work natively in languages where the accents and special characters can be a killer:
- For various operating systems, are there any text editors to avoid because of poor special character or symbol stability?
- For example (possibly a poor example) - I avoid special character inclusion when ever possible in MS word(particularly greek characters outside of equation objects) because when I collaborate with certain Mac users, the character code ends up different and I always get incompatible symbols that frequently break into an empty space holder character.
- Should you avoid mixing methods (special symbols vs coded schemes)? Or do they ultimately get recognized the same way by the TeX engine and are compatible when using even complex non-standard fonts?
- To any user who in their special character rich language who chooses to encode exclusively with latex markup for common special or accented characters, how do you maintain readability while producing and proof reading?
- Any other considerations or influences I should include in this decision?
Package and Environment notes:
- my base compile system on all OS's is
- So far no problems in obtaining the typesetting for characters I want in either approach (latex code vs container permitted).
- sometimes it appears
tex4htonly works when using latex code rather than directly included symbols.