LaTeX, MS Word, asking questions, LyX (was Re: [OS X TeX] 1/2" margins)

William Adams will.adams at
Fri Oct 13 13:22:26 CEST 2006

On Oct 13, 2006, at 3:28 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> For example, if geometry is considered the standard modern way of  
> defining page layout in LaTeX --- as opposed to redefining  
> \textwidth etc. as I have done until now ---, then:
> - Its commands should be reduced --- if necessary --- to a minimal  
> functional set.
> - Their working and naming --- if necessary --- should be put in  
> line with those in core LaTeX.
> - All incompatibilities --- if any --- should be resolved.
> - The documentation --- if necessary --- should be reduced so as to  
> contain all the information necessary for operating the package but  
> nothing more.
> - Finally the package should be moved to latex/required.

I distinctly remember a member of the LaTeX3 team asking someone to  
submit a piece arguing that geometry should be added to latex/ 
required and describing the benefits and issues thereof.

Arguably, since the publication of _The LaTeX Companion, 2nd ed._,  
LaTeX 2e has gone into maintenance and all of this sort of effort is  
what's going to be happening in LaTeX3, no?

Or maybe we should all be experimenting w/ ANT. It's at once very  
LaTeX-like, but also wildly different. In particular it has a _way_  
cool layout model which supports multiple over-lapping ``galleys''  
which should solve all sorts of multiple column graphics placement  
issues (that's what I'm working on right now)


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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