[OS X TeX] Next generation TeX
bkerstetter at mac.com
Mon Sep 6 20:34:57 EDT 2004
On Sep 6, 2004, at 5:50 AM, Jérôme Laurens wrote:
> Please, share your ideas.
No XML visible on screen as in Keynote and OmniOutliner, both of which
use XML structure for their file formats.
Fonts as in XeTeX, which is cool and getting cooler.
Data interface, as in XML --> ConTeXt, currently available.
Transparent layered backgrounds, transparent layered foregrounds,
ornaments, duotone images, wrapping text around images and the like.
Text rotation for section titles.
Some thoughts about ConTeXt:
ConTeXt has huge potential to fill some modern publishing requirements.
It does a lot of the stuff mentioned above. But ConTeXt needs some
documentation support for beginners. This is not a criticism. The
ConTeXt development team is very small. We don't need them to drop over
from exhaustion trying to document all of the details. As you learn
things, maybe you can share here:
I don't know much about the site. Just stumbled on it. But try the
"What links here" link for examples.
If you have not seen what ConTeXt can do today, you might look at some
documents from the ConTeXt web site:
At least for me, some good manuals for showing what ConTeXt can do are:
style.pdf --- not complete, but shows some need stuff with backgrounds.
details.pdf --- some advanced methods.
For graphics capabilities, MetaPost is integrated into the core of
ConTeXt. These manuals show and tell what the pair can do together:
metafun-p.pdf -- MetaFun (print version)
metafun-s.pdf -- MetaFun (screen version)
To try the basics of ConTeXt, see this manual:
mp-cb-en.pdf -- ConTeXt an excursion.
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