[tex-live] \FDP at colonspace is no longer defined in frenchb v2.3d (v2.4a is OK)

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Fri Jan 8 11:35:43 CET 2010

Oops, I didn't see Daniel's reply before posting... and my message is
essentially a copy of his reply...

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard a écrit :
> Hi,
> Norbert Preining a écrit :
>> ----- Forwarded message from Vincent Lefevre <vincent at vinc17.net> -----
>>> I've used
>>> \makeatletter
>>> \renewcommand{\FDP at colonspace}{\FDP at thinspace}
>>> \makeatother
> I beg your pardon, but why the hell are your trying to fiddle with frenchb's
> internals rather than using the provided interface?
> The most correct way to achieve this effect with frenchb 2.x is
> \frenchbsetup{ThinColonSpace=true}
> Previously, the official interface (which still works with 2.x) was:
> \renewcommand\Fcolonspace{\thinspace}
> (note you don't need \makeatletter). This interface was introduced in frenchb
> 1.5f. I can't find the release date, but I checked that the version in TL 2005
> was already 1.6g. So this interface has been stable for at least 5 years.
>> Now since that breaks completely backward compatibility, also in
>> our upstream TeX Live, any suggestion what we should do here?
> Well, my opinion is that is does not break compatibility since users are
> supposed to use the interface, not the @-macros. And the interface is stable and
> not broken.
> To tell the truth, there is however a problem with the fact that \FDP at colonspace
> is undefined in the preamble in frenchb 2.3d (as a matter of fact, it is defined
> \AtBeginDocument): it break with tex4ht. For example, the HTML French version of
> the TeX Live guide doesn't compile with frenchb 2.3d. As discussed with Daniel,
> this was arguably a bug with the way tex4ht is trying to guess the version of
> frenchb, however he preferred fixing this on his side, since the maintenance
> status of tex4ht was rather unclear at that time.
> So, I don't know if it's worth an update, but I just wanted to get the facts
> clear: there is no compatibility breakage for documents using the advertised
> interface. The only breakage is for documents using tex4ht.
> Manuel.

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