[OS X TeX] 1/2" margins
bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Oct 12 11:00:04 CEST 2006
Le 12 oct. 06 à 00:18, Morten Høgholm a écrit :
> Besides adding an interface to LaTeX page designs humans (and
> especially designers) can relate to and doing all the tedious tasks
> of checking values have been set correctly etc., geometry also adds
> crucial touches like making sure the correct page size is set for
> the output driver such as dvips, dvipdfm, or pdfTeX.
> I for one of course is rather biased in this area because a) I am
> interested in page design and how to make it work for LaTeX3
> (currently writing an article about that) and b) I am all about
> using keyval syntax like for geometry so that non-TeXnicians are
> shielded from the underlying nitty-gritty.
Elaborating on this, and getting OT: I still have the dream that, one
day, once a number of functionalities like that provided by the
geometry package are recognized as standard, these are incorporated
within LaTeX itself, namely moved to the base LaTeX packages like
graphics, tools etc.
Which would mean, of course, that once a functionality is considered
standard all the different packages provided it are evaluated
critically, one is selected and then its code is rewritten for speed,
efficiency and consistence with the LateX core, all the potential
incompatibilities with other base packages are resolved, and its
documentation is rewritten to use the standard LateX doccumentation
interface (the docstrip package) and to be made as short as possible.
This could apply, for example, to packages for making slides (beamer
etc.), for conversion to HTML/XML, for bibliography (natbib etc.),
for involved document structure (memoir etc.), and so forth. Possibly
to the most significant issues discussed in the LaTeX Companion.
Probably this will remain a dream. But I know that I, for one, as a
LaTeX user, hate to find out, when looking for a particular function,
that there are several packages out there providing this function, so
that it's needed to look at all these packages, evaluate them (with
respect to functionality, documentation, compatibility) and finally
select one. Generally I don't have the time to do that, and as a
consequence I end up writing my own redefinitions in the document's
preamble instead of using an additional package, except when the task
would require expertise I don't have (as with hyperref, pdfpages, etc.).
It's a big LaTeX world out there, for sure full of possibilities, but
also overwhelming for many. Personally I would prefer less choice,
which would also mean less time spent learning and customizing LaTeX
and more time spent using it.
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