[Dev-luatex] Assignments in TeX's mouth, or: "Dr. Zaius, it can talk!"

Jonathan Sauer Jonathan.Sauer at silverstroke.com
Tue Aug 14 13:21:08 CEST 2007


> Category codes are quite often changed dynamically, so that
> could become a problem in real life documents rather
> quickly, I'm afraid.

You are of course right. TeX avoids this problem by fixing
a character's catcode when reading it; Lua would have to
use not the current catcodetable, but the catcode of
the characters it processes. Since Lua has no concept of
catcodes, this would be impossible, at least without
substancial changes to Lua.

> > And while we're at it: Should string.uppercase and string.lowercase 
> > use the \lccode/\uccode tables?
> [...] 
> Three: (and this is by far the most important one) using 
> string.uppercase and string.lowercase is not a good idea. It 
> is much better to use the unicode-aware functions in the 
> unicode library.

Then I think string.uppercase and string.lowercase should point
to the corresponding function in the unicode library to prevent
confusion and bugs. Or is there a reason to keep the old
functions around?

> > When tracing assignments, the ones made from Lua are 
> > flagged as being  \global (BTW: What are these messages
> > about `reassigning [no_local_whatsits]'?):
> That is a bug, actually. It is currently using a non-initialized
> stack variable for the global/local decision, and I could make it
> do either.

I do not quite understand which part of the above text you are
adressing. Which one is a bug? The global assignments made from
Lua, or the reassigning of [no_local_whatsits]? Inferring from Hans'
mail, I would suspect the latter.


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