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Chapter 9. LaTeX in a Multilingual Envir... > 9.1. TeX and non-English languages

9.1. TeX and non-English languages

Due to its popularity in the academic world, TeX spread rapidly throughout the world and is now used not only with the languages based on the Latin alphabet, but also with languages using non-Latin alphabetic scripts, such as Russian, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Thai, Vietnamese, and several Indian languages. Implementations also exist for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which use Kanji-based ideographic scripts.

With the introduction of 8-bit TeX and , which were officially released by Donald Knuth in March 1990, problems of multilingual support could be more easily addressed for the first time. Nevertheless, by themselves, these versions do not solve all the problems associated with providing a convenient environment for using LaTeX with multiple and/or non-English languages.


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