[tex-live] Stop providing a4.sty and a4wide.sty for texlive-2009

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Thu Jul 30 15:10:53 CEST 2009

2009/7/30 Philipp Stephani <st_philipp at yahoo.de>:
> Robin Fairbairns schrieb:
>> Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch> wrote:
>>> Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>> the name a4.sty itself appears [used to appear] once on ctan:
>>>>   macros/latex209/contrib/misc/a4.sty
>>>> and i've moved that one (and the corresponding a4wide.sty) to
>>>> ctan:obsolete.  such a move makes little change to the way people will
>>>> view the packages, but it does provide a reference point for explaining
>>>> why those particular files are unreliable.
>>> Couldn't we move those files to a collection obsolete, then?
>> the 2.09 files, sure; but i didn't think texlive holds them.
>> there are several a4.sty in texlive; one in ntgclass, and several in
>> kopka
>> i wouldn't split ntgclass.
> Question: Does anyone actually use ntgclass any more? I've done a web
> search as well as a Google Code search, and I've found that the usage of
> these classes isn't too widespread. For example:
> http://www.google.de/codesearch?q=\\documentclass(\[[^]]*\])%3F\{(artikel[123]|rapport[13]|boek3%3F|brief)\}+lang%3Atex
> NTG classes, 32 results
> http://www.google.de/codesearch?q=\\documentclass(\[[^]]*\])%3F\{memoir\}+lang%3Atex
> Memoir, 92 results
>From time ti time I see questions how to use the memoir package. I do
not answer because I do not use it myself but it is clear that some
people use it although the documents are probably just private.

> http://www.google.de/codesearch?q=\\documentclass(\[[^]]*\])%3F\{scr(artcl|reprt|book|lettr|lttr2)\}+lang%3Atex
> KOMA-Script, 1000 results
> http://www.google.de/codesearch?q=\\documentclass(\[[^]]*\])%3F\{(article|report|book|letter)\}+lang%3Atex
> standard classes, 27400 results
> and the last update to the NTG classes was around 2004. Are these
> classes still in active development and usage?

Zdeněk Wagner

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