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Bug#482855: marked as forwarded (Fails to compile Russian document)

Subject: Bug#482855: marked as forwarded Fails to compile Russian document
From: Debian Bug Tracking System
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 20:18:11 +0000
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has caused the   report #482855,
regarding Fails to compile Russian document
to be marked as having been forwarded to the upstream software
author(s) Benoit Guillon <[email protected]>

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Subject: Re: Bug#482855: Fails to compile Russian document
From: Andreas Hoenen
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 22:13:11 +0200
Hi BenoÃt,

I want to inform you about dblatex bug reports #482855 [1] and #482856
[2], both symptoms of the same issue:

If one transforms a document containing cyrillic characters (russian,
ukranian), TeX macros of package unicode.sty get used, however the
package is only included when one explicitly sets option '-P
latex.unicode.use=1'.  Otherwise the TeX compilation fails with quite
technical error messages.  The option actually is documented in the user
manual, nevertheless it can easily be missed/forgotten.  Thus it seems
to be a usability question:

Would it be possible to include the package automatically if its content
gets used?  I can imagine several solutions (in decreasing
desirability):

1) An "intelligent" approach: include the package automatically if it is
   needed.

2) Include the package if the document's lang attribute suggests that
   cyrillic characters will be used (we could start with 'ru' and 'uk'
   :-) )

3) Unconditionally include the package in all documents (provided that
   it doesn't have any negative side effects).

(BTW, the example document is quite interesting due to its many
 translations: "Debian GNU/Linux Reference Card")

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/482855
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/482856
[3] http://www.xinocat.com/refcard/

Regards, Andreas
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