[texhax] Why isn't plain.tex plain.web? What would be the best way to update it?
will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Aug 22 15:33:20 CEST 2013
On Aug 21, 2013, at 8:22 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> A .web file is the documented source of a Pascal program. But
> plain.tex is a macro package.
> tangle tex.web -> tex.p (the Pascal source of TeX, the program)
> weave tex.web -> tex.tex (the documented source code)
> You cannot use Web for TeX macro packages.
Oh. I'd not realized that Web was so limited.
Interestingly, Robin pointed out:
which if it isn't the literate version of plain.tex I was thinking of, is even better. One of these days, I'm going to start reading all the TUG back issues....
So at some point, I guess the questions are:
- how much disk space / bandwidth could be saved by creating a TeX distribution which only included OpenType fonts and which used them by default
- would such a distribution be able to pass TRIP?
- what would be the appropriate uses for such a distribution? It seems to me it'd be well-suited to use on tablets, or in customized typesetting situations --- might even be useful as a back-end for LyX
- would there be any other advantages of such a setup?
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