[tex-live] Re: [Aleph] Status update on e-Omega/Aleph (comp.text.tex)

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Mon Sep 15 17:44:33 CEST 2003

Hi Javier!

On Mon, 15 Sep 2003, Javier Bezos wrote:
> > Hi. I will take a look at this. One question: Since I have put elambda
> > into TeXlive depot and caring a bit for this kind of stuff. Would it be
> > possible/useful to put these files into TeXlive too?
> Currently, Omega has a very confusing use of "lambda". It
> refers to:
> - The format built with latex.ltx and iniomega.
> - A package extending LaTeX (by Yannis) which, in some
>   sense, is an alternative to babel. 

Not completely correct. I have put into TeXlive depot elambda which is
elambda.ini (in turn ATM a copy of lambda.ini) through eomega. So the
current texlive is prepared for the split. Also the search pathes are
already separated (all this will already be on TL 2003).

> This duplication of meaning should be avoided, imo. I would
> propose alatex (or lamedh, or elambda, or...) for the format
> and another name for a package handling multilingual documents.

So we have elambda already in. And the search pathes allow that elambda
search FIRST through the eomega subtree and then through the omega
subtree. Therefore there should be no confusion.

> could be a possible name. My lambda was an experimental package
> and it cannot be used to write real documents.

OK, that was the reason I asked.

> In Tsukuba, Frank Mittelbach pointed me out the package
> I proposed was somewhat rigid, and I agreed. The main problem
> is that some style decisions are hardwired to languages, and
> very often some flexibility is necessary--particularly in
> multilingual documents.

So do you think that you will change/extend etc these approach? I
suppose some high level approach for this is definitely needed for
elambda. On the contrary, for eomega this is not necessary. Those
working with eomega should be able to do everything by themselves ;-)

Best wishes


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