[OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Mon Oct 23 09:37:46 EDT 2006

On 10/23/06, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

> I think R and MikTeX are better examples because both of those are
> open source and therefore have many contributors while Mathematica is
> single source and big bucks too.
> I suspect the biggest difference between R and MikTeX, on one hand,
> and TeX on the other hand is that R and MikTeX are probably
> reasonably organized chaos (i.e., there is a relatively small number
> of people that pick and choose what must be included in an addition
> to the system so it can be indexed automatically) while TeX has grown
> up completely chaotically. Give the volume of things at CTAN I think
> it would be a truely daunting task to filter through things and add/
> delete/change the individual structures of the packages so they could
> be automatically indexed.
> Good Luck,

There is another thing: documentation to different packages is written
in very different formats (I don't think it would be a difficult to
convert all dvis and ps files to pdf) and the version history is
rather seldom.

Victor Ivrii, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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