[tex-live] testing TL'08

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 01:34:10 CEST 2008

2008/6/23 Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>:
>    A few months ago t was decided to provide vlna executables
>    for all platforms.
> Executables for all platforms won't help much; I'd have to create some
> kind of special infrastructure to make use of them.  What would be
> better is to include the sources in the TL source tree, so that it will
> get included as part of the regular build.  This wasn't an issue with
> the w32 vlna.exe since Windows is handled totally differently than
> everything else anyway.
People decide to use TeX because it serves for high-quality
typesetting. Several Czech and Slovak HOWTO documents say that
nonbreakable spaces are inserted by "vlna". Not having this program
would be bad because basic typographical (and even orthographical)
requirements could not be reached. If you think that you should not
provide such program for everybody, you can package it with collection
Czechoslovak. The program must be installed in $PATH, some users
invoke it from a toolbar button in their favourite editor, some users
invoke it from a command line.

> As for Staszek's point of whether they should be included in the first
> place ... I don't know.  I guess I don't see any particular harm in it
> -- we already include many hundreds of megabytes of language-specific
> material (CJK, cbfonts, ...), and surely this is a big plus in general.
> So a few language-specific executables, assuming they work with the
> existing infrastructure, don't seem like anything exceptional?
> Staszek, if you want to include some of your Polish scripts in TL, it's
> ok with me.
> karl

Zdeněk Wagner

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