[tex-live] Bug in syntax package

John R. Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Thu Sep 7 16:27:44 CEST 2006

On Thursday 07 September 2006 09:50, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> i don't understand your point here: sure, we oldies (and
> visually disabled people such as my wife[*]) struggle with any
> documentation, and any shrink we experience adds to our
> discomfort.  yet no-one suggests that you may not recompile the
> sources, just that there's a simpler route for those for whom
> it's appropriate.
To recompile the documentation the  documentation
source needs to be included with the package  and usually it isn't. With
the source the  visually impaired can take a further step and
change the font size. That is one of the great virtues of TeX. It
is possible to publish a document in many forms with minimal
changes. I am working today on a pamphlet which is 5.5 x 8.5 inch page
size. After I finish collating cover with text, stapling and
folding the thing I will take the same source and create a 8.5 x
11 pdf for online downloading. (The third version takes a bit
more work. It is plain text.) I use the Context \startmode
\stopmode convention but the same effect could be achieved with a
little more work in other forms of TeX.  But I digress as

 however, distributing compiled documentation is
> inevitably an overhead by comparison with a source-only distribution.
Which if I understand you is precisely my point. Source is
smaller and allows the reader to customize the document to
his/her needs. 
> robin
> [*] wife's preferred reading method is no contact lens, paper ~=1cm
> from eye.  anything on screen has to be grossly magnified.

Linux helps at this end, as does the 21" Sony monitor (surplus on

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