[metafont] Re: [metapost]
laurent at math.toronto.edu
Wed Jan 19 05:42:26 CET 2005
Hans wrote (Tue Jan 18 05:56:10 2005):
> imo, in a sense mf is kind of 'dead', i.e. replaced by metapost
> and/or font editing programs and.or a combination of those
The opposite seems just as plausible. Metapost and metafont will
either prosper together or perish together. A parting of these
siamese twins could be fatal to both.
As for the idea that both will perish, let us recall that, already in
the early 90's, the demise of TeX was predicted not just by
commercials, but by certain directors of the AMS (bb excluded!).
Instead, the plush GUI environments competing with TeX have withered
with the OSs and interfaces for which they were built, like autumn
leaves before the winter winds.
I hope metafont is just as welcome on the metapost list as
metapost has been on the metafont list. Simply a *meta* list
would be another solution.
PS. With luck this will be the first message that I manage to
post on the metapost list (I have had to switch accounts
temporarily to do so -- firewall problems etc...). I regret that my inability hitherto to
post directly has inconvenienced some. Lets see whether
tug.org can equal the @ens.fr setup in reliability so that
crossposting will fade!
At tug.org, the prospect of a better list interface with
quicker and broader archiving is very pleasing.
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