[tex-live] TeX Live suggestions

Philipp Stephani st_philipp at yahoo.de
Thu Jan 28 19:58:43 CET 2010

Am 21.01.2010 um 18:55 schrieb Robin Fairbairns:

> Heiko Oberdiek <oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 05:07:44PM -0800, Donald Arseneau wrote:
>>> Heiko Oberdiek <oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de> writes:
>>>>> and each package in it should come with user documentation, but that's another
>>>>> story...
>>>> A text version could be automatically extracted from the package file,
>>>> see appended perl script and saved and provided as "url.txt" that
>>>> can then be found and presented by texdoc.
>>> Should I extract the textual documentation and send it to ctan?
>>> In some of my other packages I delimit the instructions as so:
>>> %====================== BEGIN INSTRUCTIONS ===========================
>>> %====================== END INSTRUCTIONS ===========================
>>> and I should also do that with ulem.  I at one point thought that
>>> texdoc would be able to extract on the fly.
>> I think, having a .txt file in the TDS:doc// tree is better than
>> adding special handling for special files in `texdoc'.
>> The current texdoc version defines aliases for url, ulem, ...
>> that redirect the request to the .sty file, excerpt from texdoc.cnf:
>>  ...
>>  alias ulem = ulem.sty
>>  alias underscore = underscore.sty
>>  alias url = url.sty
>>  ...
>>> Hmmm, the version on ctan is 2000 whereas my copy is 2004, so some minor
>>> fixes went unreleased.
>> CTAN:macros/latex/contrib/misc/url.sty has file date 2007/12/10
>> (dante server) and identifies itself as "ver 3.3 12-Apr-2006",
>> the same version of the copy in TeX-Live 2009.
>>> On the other hand, I am not averse to making a crude LaTeX document
>>> out of the instructions.  Should I do that and avoid special handling?
>> Of course, formatted LaTeX documents are easier to read.
>> But naturally it costs time to write them.
> indeed.  manuel asked me some time back about this area, and i've
> generated a documented version of my own trivial capt-of package[*], and
> done some work on generating .tex docs for url.sty and chapterbib.sty

Thanks for these documents. Now where url.pdf and capt-of.pdf are there, I think the aliases for TeXdoc can be removed.

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