[lltx] luaotfload maintenance

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Jun 16 02:56:14 CEST 2012

On 2012-06-15 at 22:41:15 +0200, Patrick Gundlach wrote:

 > > My *wish* would be (at least) one independant/self contained font
 > > loader which can (and at best is) be used with all formats. 
 > a basic font loader that understands all formats (type1, otf, ttf)
 > is rather easy to implement. But that would only handle l-t-r texts
 > without complex substitution.

Well, the expression "can be used with all formats" can also mean that
macros are written in plain TeX and can be used with LaTeX and ConTeXt
too.  This would be great and it's how pgf/TikZ works.  Maybe such an
approach is feasible when most of the code is written in Lua anyway.

IMO the concept of pgf/TikZ is perfect.  There are low-level macros
and interfaces for plain TeX, LaTeX, and ConTeXt.  And there are
drivers for various output formats (dvi, pdf, svg).

Assumed that ConTeXt is very close to plain TeX, did anybody investigate
whether it's possible to write a LaTeX wrapper in order to use Hans'
ConTeXt macros with LaTeX?  This would save human resources, at least.

What I've in mind is something like miniltx.tex which makes LaTeX macros
available to plain TeX.

Nevertheless, many thanks to Khaled for all the great work.  It's sad
that luaotfload isn't supported anymore but the decision is
understandable though.


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