[luatex] Proposal to fix the namespace argument
wspr81 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 08:09:56 CET 2009
Yesterday I proposed a tidy way to resolve the tension between nice
primitive names and problems with processing old documents where these
new primitives may clash with users' macros.
I'd like to formalise the suggestion:
1. The LuaTeX team name the primitives whatever they please
(personally I like the names they've chosen up until now).
2. The LaTeX team or the TeX Live team maintains a luatexconfig.tex
file that maps all new LuaTeX primitives to some sort of hidden
namespace that is accessible by package authors.
3. Probably Plain should do something similar.
1. Legacy documents are not affected unless they define macros in
whatever namespace we choose to hide the LuaTeX primitives. (Let's
assume this won't happen.)
2. luatextra.sty (say) will allow package writers and users to access
the new primitives in some form; either by remapping them back to
userspace names or with some other scheme.
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Disregarding the details of how we hide the primitive names, what do
you all think of this plan?
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Is there a comprehensive list of primitives defined by LuaTeX? I've got
a long list culled from the manual but I'm not sure if I caught them
all. The list I've got is in the file luatexconfig.tex here:
I'll also be writing the code there to perform the namespace switcheroo.
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