[EXT] Re: different hyphenation between pdftex and luatex

Boris Veytsman borisv at lk.net
Sun Sep 12 05:12:36 CEST 2021

PT> From: Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at Hellenic-Institute.Uk>
PT> Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2021 12:06:20 +0100

PT> Ah yes, /mea culpa/ — it is \lccode, not \catcode, that matters here 
PT> (see below).  But I would, with respect, beg to differ with your 
PT> assertion that TeX has a "frankly weird" reliance on \lccodes; at the 
PT> time that TeX was written, every last byte counted, and if overloading 
PT> the significance of \lccode allowed other more important features to be 
PT> included, then I would suggest that the decision was a wise one at the time.

The author of this decision said at some point, 'Premature
optimization is the root of all evil.'

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