[texhax] Can this be done using only LaTeX?
vivrii at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 20:27:03 CET 2010
On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM, Reinhard Kotucha
<reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:
> On 2 December 2010 Victor Ivrii wrote:
> > 2010/12/2 Herbert Voss <Herbert.Voss at fu-berlin.de>:
> > > Am 02.12.2010 13:39, schrieb Victor Ivrii:
> > >> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM, Michael Barr <barr at math.mcgill.ca> wrote:
> > >>> I thought I had made it clear that what I was interested in was
> > >>> being able to compile it into a dvi file. I don't think either
> > >>> tikz or pstricks does that.
> > >>
> > >> Methink that pstricks cannot do this but tikz does.
> > >
> > > Why should pstricks cannot do this??
> > Produce dvi file? I wrote "Methink" but I am not sure.
> Since the DVI format doesn't support any graphic primitives except
> black rectangles (\rule), both, pstricks and pgf/tikz need a post
> The only exception is PDF output. tikz/pgf does all the arithmetic in
> TeX and therefore can insert graphic primitives directly into the PDF
> file (as \pdfliteral). pstricks does arithmetic in PostScript and
> always needs a post processor.
> If you've seen fancy things in xdvi, it's because xdvi understands a
> tiny subset of PostScript commands, maybe just enough to support
> LaTeX's color package. It uses ghostscript in order to render bitmap
Thank for clarification.
I checked with xdvi (on MacOSX 10.6.5) - it is heavily bitmapped even
with -postscript command and no grayscale (only black) but converting
to ps restores nice look. So all conditions were satisfied: it was
done in LaTeX, standalone dvi file produced and this file could be
Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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