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

From: Szabolcs Nagy <>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 10:35:03 +0200

On 9/5/09, Mate Nagy <> wrote:
> Hiho,
> On Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 08:29:39AM -0000, wrote:
>> But these features are non-standard and will not work the same on
>> different viewers, hence the point, HTML NEVER prints the same from two
>> different viewers. Generally the point of systems like TeX is you can
>> garentee that a document will always look the same, regardless of if it
>> was typeset now or 10 years in the future.
> This is the most serious drawback of TeX. Documents should look like
> how the user wants them, not how the author wants them.
> There's also that pagination is annoying and obsolete now, but this is
> mostly related to the former point.


all printed documents are obsolete and any system that is optimized
for the 'paper' display medium

same applies to hyphenation and ligatures which require added
complexity but provides no gain and many issues wrt displaying and
processing the result..

a formatted document should be reasonably legible on a
80x25chars/16colors monitor as well as on a pda

said that html is far from a usable text markup solution not to
mention css which is a huge patchwork without clear goals and
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