# Displaying Arbitrary Unicode Characters under Plain TeX with pdfTeX [closed]

I wish to enter arbitrary Unicode characters while writing in Plain TeX using the pdfTeX engine. How may this be achieved? I have already referred to this question, but the solution assumes the use of LaTeX, whereas I am using Plain TeX. Thanks a lot.

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• Just use a Unicode engine with a Unicode font and enter it directly. – Henri Menke Dec 26 '16 at 18:48
• Is there a reason for only considering pdfTeX but not XeTeX or LuaTeX? – Mico Dec 26 '16 at 19:06
• pdftex has no support for unicode, it is possible to emulate certain aspects of Unicode encodings in the macro layer but plain tex has no such macros you could input a version of the latex macros into plain tex, but that is more or less equivalent to using latex, which you say you do not want to do. – David Carlisle Dec 26 '16 at 19:52
• A starting point is tex.stackexchange.com/questions/163852/… but you need to find yourself the fonts for the needed characters. – egreg Dec 26 '16 at 20:40

\ifdefined\directlua
\fi

\font\tenrm="CMU Serif"
\rm

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¼ ½ ¾ ¿ À Á Â Ã Ä Å Æ Ç È É Ê Ë Ì Í Î Ï Ð Ñ Ò Ó Ô Õ Ö

× Ø Ù Ú Û Ü Ý Þ ß à á â ã ä å æ ç è é ê ë ì í î ï ð ñ

ò ó ô õ ö ÷ ø ù ú û ü ý þ ÿ

\bye


• When I try this, I get the error: Font \tenrm=CMU Serif not loadable: metric data not found or bad. – ceving Apr 12 at 9:34