[tex-live] catalogue metadata usage in texdoc (was: texdoc index)

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Dec 30 10:41:44 CET 2011

Reinhard Kotucha writes:

> [a well-reasoned review of the situation, and what needs doing]

(for which, thanks very much!)

there are a couple of things that i should clear up, though.

first, i tend to work on the catalogue in idle moments.  i quite enjoy
the job, so it's something i do (in preference, say, to housework) while
i'm listening to music.  i most definitely don't spend every available
minute on the catalogue...

second, i _enjoy_ working on the catalogue -- i go so far as to have
invented myself a task to occupy idle catalogue moments (i'm adding
metadata for auto-generating the topic index).

third, failures in tagging (such as the vntex example) will, as often as
not, result from simple ignorance.  i _always_ welcome corrections (mail
to ctan at dante.de).

for the future -- jim had a grand scheme for people to work on their own
catalogue entries, and while i didn't agree with his proposals it was
obviously a good way to go.  the system no longer (afaik) runs, but it
may prove a basis for a system for users to provide details for their
own catalogue entries.  (if we can get hold of it ... and find a python
programmer to maintain it -- they're fairly common but i can't be doing
with the language ;-)

i would welcome further discussion of the issue.

(and what _should_ be the tags on the vntex files?)


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