[tex-live] Re: incremental pdf (was: Please enable ipc in tex)

Tigran Aivazian tigran at aivazian.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Aug 2 15:39:41 CEST 2004

> However, I never understood why pdftex was written, rather
> than a dvi to pdf translator.

I don't know about others but before I switched to pdftex and was 
generating DVI files and then converting them to PDF (via PS) the result 
was: a) too big, b) some typesetting was done incorrectly, c) some 
PDF features were not available.

The real question you should be asking is --- why anything other than 
pdftex is still there and supported? As "historical compatibility baggage" 
I guess...

Kind regards

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