[tex-live] XeLaTeX with WinEdt in UTF-8 on Windows

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Mon Jun 15 09:59:28 CEST 2009

Am Sun, 14 Jun 2009 19:40:11 +0200 schrieb Pander:

> Hi all,
> A friend of mine has installed texlive 2008 on a Windows machine and
> would like to to use it with WinEdt with UTF-8.
> Hoeweverm he faces two challanges which I cannot guide him with since
> I'm not familiar with that operating system anymore.
> Can someone please send me soem pointers on how to configure WinEdt to
> use xelatex (which is in his DOS path)

Depends a bit how sophisticated you want it. If xelatex should
simply be called: make a menu entry which calls e.g. a .bat-file.

If you also want to be able to close pdf-files, you will have to
copy the relevant files/configuration of pdflatex:

In winedt 5.5 make a copy of ExecModes.edt in the local data folder
of winedt and add an entry similar to the one for pdflatex. This
will give you an entry in the execution modes. 

Then you need a .bat-file to call xelatex (you can also use the
simple do.bat -> documentation of winedt), enter its path in the
entry for xelatex in the execution modes. 

Make a copy of pdflatex.edt, name it xelatex.edt and change in it
the occurences of pdflatex to xelatex. 

At last add a menu entry through options->menu setup which call the
edt. The details are all described in the documentation of winedt. 

> and secondly how Windows will not
> use its native codepage but UTF-8 for entering characters with
> diacritics. Any help is welcome.

winedt can currently only use utf8 if the chars of the document lies
in one codepage. You can set up in document->document settings.

Ulrike Fischer 

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