Get unicode output for quotation marks

Daniel xracoonx at
Mon Feb 24 13:22:36 UTC 2020

On 2020-02-24 14:08, Jean-Marc Lasgouttes wrote:
> Le 24/02/2020 à 13:34, Daniel a écrit :
>> Ah, I see. LyX actually does not use the unicode characters “ and ” 
>> but \textquotedblleft and \textquotedblright{} when I insert the 
>> unicode character. So, I guess what I want is to have `` and '' be 
>> replaced by those commands.
>> Yes, using xetex changes the code preview to usage of unicode. Is it 
>> on purpse one cannot useb pdflatex that way?
> It is a matter of using polyglossia instead of babel, from what I 
> understand. There some things (ligatures, spacing) that are handled with 
> these improves engines, but not the plain pdflatex with babel.

I see. Well, pdflatex seems to understand the quotation marks as well 
plus it solves the problem with the PDF bookmarks. And I guess there are 
certain problems I might run into when switching from pdflatex to xetex. 
So the switch isn't costless.

>> 1. If I typeset the document I sent before first with pdflatex and 
>> then with xetex I get an error:
>>   \babel at aux{english}{}
> This is the switch from polyglossia to babel and the fact that we keep 
> old aux files to limit the number of TeX runs.

I see. Couldn't LyX remember whether the switch has been made and delete 
those aux files. I guess the error is not a big problem but I was 
already thinking that it did not work correctly.

>> 2. With xetexThe plain quotation marks show as Mapping=34 in the 
>> bookmarks.
> What bookmarks are you talking about?

The PDF bookmarks ("table of content").


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