[OS X TeX] Next generation TeX
smurman at segosha.net
Wed Sep 8 18:42:21 CEST 2004
> TeX has not evolved (in a really significant way) since the early
> days. Only macros have evolved.
> But it's becoming more and more difficult to add new sets of macros
> due to the interactions between them and the lack of TeX engine data
> controls publicly available.
> The pdftex nor e-Tex new engines do not improve things in a really
> significant way, both are "small step" extensions of TeX.
> More and more people think that Omega is dead, what a pity because the
> support of 16 bits fonts would really be a great improvement.
If Omega is dead, then someone should try picking up the pieces.
16-bits is the future. I see your point about the macros, but I don't
really see fixing this issue as the "next generation TeX", but rather a
re-implementation of what already exists to facilitate extensibility
and maintenance. It should be possible to do this in an incremental
> Another aspect was raised at TUG 2004 and concerned high quality
> typesetting on screens and any kind of devices (from the smaller
> mobile phone to the biggest TV) It seems natural that these screen
> typesetters will improve and there might be room for TeX alike
> technology there. But let us focus particularly on paper output.
I agree, high-density displays are already here, and will only continue
to proliferate. The same quality that TeX puts to paper should be put
to alternate displays.
I guess where I'd draw the line is trying to re-invent TeX to compete
with powerpoint, quark, et al. I can't really see this as a productive
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