[texhax] Plain TeX for graphic layout

Wolfgang Schuster schuster.wolfgang at googlemail.com
Sun Sep 28 20:06:54 CEST 2008

Am 28.09.2008 um 07:08 schrieb jw:

> Hello,
> I'm a bit of a TeX newbie.
> I'm working on a project where I want to layout images and text in
> rectangles. This is for creating playing cards (kinda like those for a
> CCG) for games I design.
> Basically I want to specify some rectangles, put images in some,
> wrapped text in others. Might want to embed some icons in the text, as
> well.
> It seems like TeX might fit the bill for this, but what flavor should
> I be looking at? LaTeX and most other macro packages seem to be
> document-oriented (tracking table of contents and soforth).
> Or maybe I should create my own set of macros, using plain TeX?
> I'm a programmer; I don't mind if it gets technical, just don't want
> to re-invent perfectly good wheels.
> And, slightly off-topic, anyone have any pointers to other solutions
> that might work for me?
> I was also considering straight PostScript, since my needs are really
> quite simple.
> I initially was just going to use ImageMagick, but the text support is
> not great, and I would have to do a lot of fiddling with font metrics
> and such.

You could use ConTeXt, what you want is not so hard to achieve.


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