Re: [dev] A lightwieight and working typesetting system.

From: pancake <>
Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2009 13:21:02 +0200

Because there is only one Tex and many browsers. If you stick on a
single browser you can perfectly control that rendering.

What about adding printing functionalitoes to surf? A non interactive
mode could be used to generate a PDF for presentations.

Btw in PDF happens sometimes the same that in HTML.. It's theorically
print friendly but it relays on system fonts, some readers like ebooks
can break the visualization, etc,..

I don't think the presentation matters more than the information contained.

What is really disgusting in Tex is it's size. It gets more hard disk
than openoffice and my mother can't use it.

I like halibut, because it's simple and prints PDF or HTML files
without library deps with decent formatting.

At the end, you want only toformat the data with a template in 3 ways:
presentation, paper, book formats. Is there any other interesting

PDF and HTML are simple formats in core, but extensions have converted
them In a mess ( read javascript, ..)

This is the reason I wrote xml2doc, but I just did it to play, not to
do the things right.

I can imagine a flexible system with simple core supporting such
stuff. If you need more than text and images just render the formulas
as images, etc..

The system would look like

Data -> format rules -> render ->output

Setting columns, aligning text, placing pictures is something that
matters at rendering time and must be decided in formatting time.

Another simple but nice docsystem is POD. It is simple in core, in
usage and the results are as they should be. It can be parsed easily
and permit multiple render backends.

The problem I see in text procesors is that there are many attempts to
solve simple situations. But they fail at complex ones, and complex
systems like Tex are that heavy that are stocked to a reduced usage by
90% of users.

There is no intermediate point ctually to make everybody happy. Or at
least I can't see it :)

Received on Tue Sep 08 2009 - 11:21:02 UTC

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