[texhax] Can this be done using only LaTeX?

Peter Davis pfd at pfdstudio.com
Thu Dec 2 13:55:29 CET 2010

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 7:30 AM, Michael Barr <barr at math.mcgill.ca> wrote:

> Do users think that dvi is becoming obsolete?  Do you think that in, say 30
> years (the length of time that dvi has been around), there will be pdf
> readers for whatever computers are around by then.  Will there be dvi
> readers?

There are HUGE numbers of documents being stored in PDF format now,
including TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt documents, as well as those from other sources.
 It's probably *the* pre-eminent digital archiving format.

Therefore, in 30 years, there will absolutely be some accomodation for PDF.
 It may be converters as opposed to readers, but there will be some way to
access these documents.

There may still be a small but dedicated following for DVI, still
maintaining some support software, but it will certainly be a fringe effort.

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