[tex-live] changed hyphenation after update to texlive 2012

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sat Jul 14 09:03:31 CEST 2012

Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:

> Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> > [btw, someone mentioned that the pattern file for uk english may have
> > been replaced, yet your evidence is that it hasn't...  the non-freeness
> > of the original derived from the oxford university press' insistence on
> > no change to the patterns, which were derived from oup files.]
> I do not recall OUP insisting on this,

my memory is fading in my old age.  (i knew that, actually ... ;-)

> but I do believe that Dominik
> and I were in complete agreement with Don as regards hyphenation files :
> once created, the file ("UKHYPHEN.TEX", at the time, I think) must
> remain immutable, otherwise legacy documents cannot be re-processed
> in the future to produce, and it was for this reason that the file
> contained imperatives to the effect that, if the contents were changed
> for any reason, it must NOT be redistributed with the same or similar
> name.  Dominik may well wish to contribute to this thread.

file names aren't really the issue nowadays, imo: the issue is no more
(nor less) than "passing off".  few people collect files together and
build their own format; they grab a distribution (tl, miktex, ...) and
install it.  the people who put distributions together are the ones who
choose the files, and they're unlikely to be fooled.  (it seems not, in
this case.)

we need a comment from the tl hyphenation people.


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