[tex-live] Using LM instead of CM

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Jun 13 22:23:08 CEST 2006

>>>>> "gnwiii" == gnwiii  <gnwiii at gmail.com> writes:

  > I don't consider an old document "broken" if there is a simple
  > recipe to make it work with a current system.  Carrying legacy
  > cruft means that users get "stability", but also means they have
  > too many choices so some will make bad ones, which ultimately
  > causes problems for users, consumes bandwdth on c.t.t., etc.

A document is broken if it doesn't work.

TeX/LaTeX has been used as an exchange format, especially because it
is so stable.  This is its strength and I think it shouldn't be given
up.  It would be a mess if people have to repair their old documents
whenever they update their TeX systems.

  > I suggest adding a texmf--D-E-P-R-E-C-A-T-E-D tree to support
  > legacy docs.  Packages in this tree should have added notes
  > explaining what changes should be made to existing documents to
  > replace deprecated packages with "recommended" ones.

An additional texmf tree doesn't solve anything because this is
invisible to a user.  Where do you want to put explanations?  Into
this tree?  I doubt that people find it there.  Many people are not
aware that there is documentation in texmf/doc.

For old documents the only solution is to provide the old files.  

Regarding new documents, I think that the onlyamsmath package is quite


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