[metapost] Does MetaPost catch on?
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Fri Sep 3 21:39:48 CEST 2010
Am 03.09.2010 02:28, schrieb Timothy Murphy:
> On Thursday, September 02, 2010 09:53:34 pm Stephan Hennig wrote:
>> I haven't find the time to learn troff, yet I think the learning curve
>> is less steep than TeX's. But to cite from documentation of troff's
>> mathematics package:
> I find your argument bizarre,
Reading again, I think I missed one point in the argument. Troff might
not necessarily be that much easier to learn than TeX, but much more
easy to try out if there were a small stand-alone distribution of
MetaPost + troff. Talking more rubbish, couldn't troff even be embedded
into the MetaPost executable (only mpost, not mplib) so that it's always
available? Reading the prevalent negative replies to my idea I guess I
have to recognize: it doesn't catch on.
> since I never heard of anyone using troff
> (except inadvertently when reading man pages)
> for at least 20 years.
I did. There even are some on this list.
> To learn troff in order to use Metapost would be very odd, I think.
Sure, users with a TeX background are far better off with TeX. I'm
thinking about non-TeX users that kick-off a TeX distribution just for
the size and number of files and directories on the hard-disk that have
no equivalent value after a day or even a week of trying out MetaPost
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