[tex-live] texlive 2005

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Tue Mar 15 11:52:05 CET 2005

Siep Kroonenberg <siepo at cybercomm.nl> writes:

> A couple more points: 1. pdf being as prevalent as it is, a
> previewer is not as essential as it used to be.

I disagree.  The documentation tree of a complete TeX system should in
my opinion be built using dvi wherever possible.  Much faster access
and usually more compact size.  In contrast, the prebuilt
documentation on CTAN should preferably be in PDF: easy access without
having to rely on the specifics or even existence of a particular TeX

I'd actually like the .dvi files to be built using Source Specials
pointing to the respective source tree, so that one can jump between
source and DVI easily where the editor permits this.  And while we are
at it: having a special command harvesting the .ind files and storing
the macro definition information in a central database file would come
in handy.  Then I could use a command line tool or my editor to access
the definition and/or description of, say, \DeclareRobustCommand, with
a simple command.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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