[texworks] Beginners' needs (was: Lua scripting)
bvoisin at me.com
Thu Jun 18 10:23:02 CEST 2009
Le 17 juin 09 à 23:13, Karl Berry a écrit :
> Probably a more generic document (mentionning latex, xelatex,
> context, maybe plain) would be an interesting addition for a future
> texworks "help links" menu.
> FWIW, my attempt at a web page along these lines, sort of, is
That's nice, but I'm a bit worried that the beginner might be
overwhelmed already with the introduction of 5 new concepts in one go
(distributions, front ends, packages, formats, engines).
Perhaps changing the order of points 3 to 5 would make these easier to
1. Distribution: what the user installs
2. Front end: what the user uses after installation (ie, the software
she interacts with)
3. Engine: the executable invoked by the front end under the hood
4. Format: a standard set of predefined commands read by the engine
5. Packages: additional optional sets of predefined commands,
specialized for a particular purpose
Most users in the mathematical, physical or engineering sciences will
be familiar with the concept of packages already, from Mathematica,
MATLAB or Maple.
Since, for TeX, a package is build on top of a format built itself on
top of an engine, I find it a bit difficult to introduce/understand
the notion of a package when you don't know what a format is and to
introduce/understand the notion of a format when you don't know what
an engine is.
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