[OS X TeX] Publicon today
bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Mar 12 10:47:20 EST 2006
Le 12 mars 06 à 15:32, Daniel Flatin a écrit :
> I have been happy with TeXShop so far, but I find myself struggling
> with customizing document formats. There are so many different
> solutions within LaTeX in general, and in many cases the solutions
> are small, purpose specific, and supported by a single author. The
> fancyhdr package by Piet van Oostrum comes to mind. Any complete
> LaTeX working environment is a pastiche of different packages, each
> with it's own documentation, and perhaps second order documentation
> about how two packages interact. It seems endless.
While I cannot offer any solution to your problem, I feel exactly the
same about LaTeX and wish that, at some point, the LaTeX maintainers
or community would, once and for good, decide what additional
functionalities should go inside LaTeX, investigate all the add-on
packages that offer these functionalities, select one (and only one)
for each functionality, ensure they all play nice together,
standardize their commands and approaches, incorporate them inside
LaTeX itself, and then merge all their documentations into a unique
documentation for this whole enhanced LaTeX system (or at least make
it so that all the documentation is in the same format).
Alas, I fear that will never happen, and feel pretty pessimistic
about the future of LaTeX. At one point I hoped LaTeX 3 would allow
that to happen, but now I feel pessimistic about LaTeX 3 as well.
With the LaTeX 3 project progressing so slowly (at least when viewed
from outside), and the pace the computing world progresses being so
high (with Unicode, HTML, MathML, XML, etc.), I wonder whether LaTeX
3 will be able to catch up with this moving target.
One of my dreams, for example, would be to have a complete self-
consistent TeX-like system that could be taken in some house in the
countryside for a month say, without any connection to the internet,
and to be able to work from there using this system. With gwTeX you
do have LaTeX + packages and their documentation, but at point or
another you're looking for something outside core LaTeX and don't
know which package to look at, or do not manage to use one
satisfactorily, so that in the end you do need to turn to this list
or another and interrupt your workflow.
With commercial software you would probably feel more limited in what
can be done, or would experience more bugs, but at least you would
have a complete consistent system, with single consistent
documentation, and could proceed from that point on.
Just some moody Sunday afternoon wanderings...
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