[tex-live] install-tl-windows.bat unavailable in Microsoft Store

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 23:42:04 CET 2018

po 10. 12. 2018 v 23:33 odesílatel David Carlisle <d.p.carlisle at gmail.com>

> I'd strongly urge that we send no such letter.
> In particular you should not send any letter that says
> > Now it is not entirely clear what the *technical* requirements are in
> order for a program to be eligible for inclusion in the Store's portfolio,
> You should do that technical work _before_ any such letter is sent.

That's true. A year ago I was interested what are the rules for Apple App
Store. These rules are publicly available to everybody, it is not needed to
be a certified developer. Probably the MS Stores rules can also be found
somewhere on the MSDN web. I have not tried to look there and have no time
to do it but occasionally I read that web and it contains useful pieces of

> David
Zdeněk Wagner

> On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 at 21:59, Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Draft letter; comments welcomed.
>> Dear <whoever> —
>> I write on behalf of the TeX User Group, and on behalf of (literally)
>> millions of TeX users worldwide.  TeX  is a typesetting system without
>> equal, created by Professor Donald E. Knuth in 1978 in order to allow him
>> to re-typeset *The Art of Computer Programming *to the same standards as
>> those achieved when the first edition was published using traditional
>> hot-lead technology.  Over the next four years Professor Knuth re-wrote
>> substantial parts of TeX and released TeX version 2, to be followed about a
>> decade later by version 3, the version almost universally used today.
>> Almost since its inception, TeX has run on Microsoft platforms — Eberhard
>> Mattes wrote emTeX for MS/DOS, others developed versions for Microsoft
>> Windows, and until now there have been no significant difficulties in
>> supporting each new version of Windows as it was released.
>> But recently, an *impasse* has been reached, with the announcement of
>> Windows 10 "S-mode".  As you know, far better than we, S-mode is intended
>> to lock down Windows such that no program that does not come directly from
>> the Microsoft Store can be installed and run.  Now it is not entirely clear
>> what the *technical* requirements are in order for a program to be
>> eligible for inclusion in the Store's portfolio, but TeX's
>> development/implementation team are very concerned that because (for
>> example) TeX makes widespread use of CMD.exe, that in itself would be
>> sufficient reason for TeX to be disbarred.
>> We would therefore be very grateful if you could nominate someone within
>> Microsoft with whom we could liaise directly, with a view to ascertaining
>> what obstacles there are to including TeX (and its adjunct programs) in the
>> Microsoft Store portfolio, and how these might best be overcome.
>> Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer :
>> Philip Taylor
>> for and on behalf of the TeX User Group.
>> Boris Veytsman wrote:
>> PT> From: Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk>
>> PT> Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:59:45 +0000
>> PT> Maybe if we [we]re to ask someone with a little tact and diplomacy to write
>> PT> the letter we might have a better chance.
>> Philip,
>> As the President of TUG I hereby designate you my representative
>> responsible for contacts with Microsoft.  If you need my signature on
>> any document, let me know.
>> --
>> [image: <Signature>]
>> Philip Taylor
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