[NTG-context] Unicode question

luigi scarso luigi.scarso at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 21:41:40 CET 2015

On Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 7:55 PM, Hans Hagen <pragma at wxs.nl> wrote:

> it's actually a bug ... it is ok to map an invalid character in the input
> to 0xFFFD, halt and continue when permitted, but the method used in luatex
> thereby obscures a valid 0xFFFD in the input
• used to replace an incoming character whose
value is unknown or unrepresentable in

The meaning of FFFD is not "typeset a question mark on a black box" as in �
(which depends to font in anycase so in principle it's possible to see
something completely different in a new version of the font)
but to signal  something potentially wrong with a symbol that currently in
most cases is �.
Misusing the meaning  is not  bad di per se, but in this specific case
I think luatex is correct to be conservative and ask to the user what to do;
context --batchmode
typesets the document,
writes the messages on the log,
and ends with -1 , so an automatic agent is also alerted.

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