[OS X TeX] Next generation TeX
smurman at segosha.net
Tue Sep 7 23:34:17 EDT 2004
Consider me a heretic, but I'm not sure the next-generation TeX should
be TeX at all. TeX was way ahead of it's time, and other technologies
still really haven't caught up. TeX/LaTeX was initially focused on
typesetting math/science documents, and that is where it excels.
Nothing out there has replaced TeX in this arena, and I doubt many
could yet compete with TeX support of multiple languages either.
However, this does not mean that TeX should bloat into a powerpoint,
quark, acrobat replacement. The requirements for general document
typesetting are extreme, and trying to extend the TeX infrastructure to
achieve this would be destined to fail IMO. Is there a need for an
open-source, general, document formatting language? Could one compete
with the commercial products? I'm not sure the answer is yes to either
question, but if you do believe so I would suggest that extending TeX
would not be the optimal strategy.
TeX has survived and prospered because it fills a niche - a niche that
commercial products cannot find profitable.
I'd like to see TeX continue evolving as it has. Adding a core set of
macros - LaTeX + CTAN. Responding to new output formats - PDF, HTML.
Multi-language support. High-quality fonts, especially in the math
arena. A testbed for new ideas. In other words, projects like LaTeX,
pdfTeX, hyperTeX, Omega, etc., which eventually mature enough to become
On Sep 6, 2004, at 3:50 AM, Jérôme Laurens wrote:
> Coming back from TUG 2004, may I forward you some important question.
> It has no doubt that TeX has already reached some of its limits, it
> also appeared that omega is far from being achieved in a next future.
> The question seems to be: what can be the future of TeX?
> I propose to collect the desiderata of people really using TeX,
> whatever user level they are, about what they are missing in actual
> For example, a TeX guru was missing a real dedicated programming
> language with better access to data structure, someone else was
> missing metapost like features and funny typesetting (typesetting text
> along curves and not only lines...)
> Please, share your ideas.
> NB: made a copy to macTeX, for people out of macosx-tex who may want
> to participate.
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