[texworks] Scripting and 0.4 (was: Windows builds)

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 10:32:02 CEST 2010

What I'm thinking of here - is particualrly which things are in the
pipeline that really need to go in - to round ver 0.4 up properly,
things put up by Steffan, and other things in the isssues lists and
requests that may be in 0.600 candidate series stuff or not yet put up
by Stefan as patches.

I feel it is really worthwhile, becasue if we get Scripting thorugh as
far as sensible - even if it takes a bit longer to get to an actual
0.400 release - then a lot of development (new features -
enhancements) can take place from and  thorugh scripting, actually
fulfilling the goal of relieveing pressure on the C++ developers.


On 12 October 2010 19:36, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jonathan please, is it worth people talking here about this at this time?
>> 0.4 is not out yet, and if we have some time, I'd like to have two
>> things in there: file handling and per-script permissions.
>> Note, however, that I haven't been adding more patches on GC to keep
>> things manageable. As Jonathan mentioned, there are some half-dozen or
>> so patches waiting for his approval/comment. If I continue posting
>> patches, at some point my code and Jonathan's official version will
>> differ so much it will be hard to stitch them together.
>>> Or can there be a wider discussion on what is really worth focussing
>>> on for 0.4 if your time is limited?
>> There always can be a wider discussion, that's what open source is about ;).
>> But I can't see how 0.4 - which will be the stable variant of the
>> current 0.3 development series - can be about anything else but
>> scripting. That has been the major focus for the past year or so.
>> Assuming you meant 0.5 (the next development series), we can and should
>> have a discussion, IMO. There's essential one thing I'd personally like
>> to see: project support. This is especially handy if you plan on writing
>> a larger document, such as a book or a thesis, though admittedly it
>> doesn't help a new user to get to grasp with TeX. Regarding scripting,
>> there's also the wish to take this further, to arbitrary, callable
>> script functions, which would then allow custom toolbars, editing the
>> default menus, etc., as Jonathan outlined in his talk.
>> Anyway, I think this should be discussed in a separate thread (this has
>> drifted way too far off-topic, anyway) and probably at a later time,
>> when 0.4 is finally released.
>>> When I read Helge's question: "On the other hand I am curious too, if
>>> there is still development with TW?" - I thought well may be thats it
>>> then.
>> No, Tw is not dead! :)
>> Just in some kind of summer-hibernation, maybe. This is not the way
>> things were planned, but sometimes life doesn't follow our plans.
>>> But then to hear that there had been a presentation on Tw scripting at
>>> TUG and no news at all here for so long, just  left me deflated and
>>> actually a bit confused about it all.
>> Please note that the TUG meeting was back in June - at that time, the
>> plan was to bring out 0.4 before TL'10. Obviously, this hasn't worked
>> out, unfortunately.
>>> With out cultivation the Tw team flounders.
>> Well, I'm trying to help cultivation - but code changes are up to
>> Jonathan, so we'll have to wait until he finds some time.
>> Cheers,
>> Stefan

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