[tex-live] Re: tex-live Digest, Vol 8, Issue 45

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Fri Sep 26 14:23:40 CEST 2003

On Fri, 2003-09-26 at 13:32, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Fre, 26 Sep 2003, George White wrote:
> > It is certainly time to abandon dvi and get on with other things like XML, 
> Uggg, no, no, no. I LIKE dvi. It is fast, much much faster than stupid
> pdf.

maybe true. but sometimes we have to accept that the world is not doing
the right thing, and we have to decide whether to join in, or fight.
There are so many battles like this, is dvi the thing you'll go to the
scaffold for?

> Yes, I want support for xml, i18n (where does tex really need i18n??),

I think anyone who read that long discussion about tcx, enctex, etc
would conclude that TeX has serious i18n problems :-}

> etc etc, but I am strictly against killing dvi.

I think that killing it is not what is proposed. it is simply making
decisions about what goes into a genuinely minimal TeX

> Contrary to pdf it IS device independent, while pdf (version 4 version 5
> version 6 subversions, version linux, version windows, viewing problems,
> argggg) is just pain in the ...

vi, with no fonts, no picture inclusion, no standard
color/linking/graphics is simply not competing with PDF. it does
something different. I, for one, don't want _both_.


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