I need to use input from a JSON inside my text. Sometimes it contains UTF-8 code. For example:


How can I use such string in ConTeXt LuaTeX, so the result is a correctly spelled Dutch word?


Preferably, as part of a sentence, where the %placeofbirthCandidate and %raisedinCountries are replaced by the content of the JSON.

\par Je bent geboren in %placeofbirthCandidate. Je bent opgegroeid in %raisedinCountries. 

\par Je bent geboren in Belgi\"e. Je bent opgegroeid in Nederland, Belgi\"e en Engeland.
  • note the javascript/JSON \u code is UTF-16 code points not UTF-8. Feb 11 '16 at 13:15
  • Thanks, I will look into the matter and ask why they said UTF-8.
    – SGL
    Feb 11 '16 at 13:34

If you only need characters below \ua000 then you can presumably use

\def\u#1#2#3#4{\uchar"#1#2#3#4 }

If you need to use higher characters with a letter following \u then you could in addition make u a non-letter


but best to do that in a local group or something will break.

(This is just using luatex primitives so should work in context.)

Note that characters between U+FFFF and U+10FFFF would be represented in JSON by two \u sequences denoting the UTF-16 encoding of the unicode value, so a complete solution would have to detect the first of a UTF-16 surrogate pair and combine with the following \u code.

  • Thank you very much. I will consult this with our team and start testing.
    – SGL
    Feb 11 '16 at 13:50

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