[tex-live] source or source.development?

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Fri Nov 5 15:28:53 CET 2004

Karl Berry wrote:

> One of the fundamental differences between tex and pdftex is that pdftex
> has to know the characteristics of the document output, since it is
> producing the final output.  Thus, page size, page offsets, resolution,

actually, the page format has to be known at any stage since the page 
construction (as done by macros) may depend on it; in dvi one can use specials 
to communicate the page characteristics; the main difference between dvi and pdf 
is the reference point, which in pdf is at the lower left corner, which makes it 
more sensitive to a non specified paper size since it needs to know the height 
of the page.


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