[OS X TeX] Configure TeXshop to use ``ANT''?

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Fri Oct 13 14:15:48 CEST 2006

On Oct 13, 2006, at 7:39 AM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:

> Browsing through the manual of ant I can't tell what its advantage  
> over tex should be,

As I noted previously:

    ...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)

I got started on it before XeTeX came to Windows, so was interested  
in it for its OpenType support as well, though that advantage has  
been ameliorated.

Also, since the implementation language is different it avoids some  
of the side effect issues in (La)TeX.

> however, I strongly assume that for people writing mathematics in  
> one way or the other tex, latex should be the way to go. I  
> personally never had the feeling that latex was too cumbersome and  
> hindering my "creativity",

One of the things I'm trying out is typesetting using the ``Bordas''  
style of paragraph division and Achim was kind enough to add a  
feature in ANT which should help me to implement that.

Can't find an image on-line, but I used this style in:


I puzzled for quite a while trying to get that effect in Plain or  
LaTeX w/ a level of automation appropriate to typesetting one of (all  
of?) William Morris' novels....

> on the contrary, I love it - including the various packages and tools.

I love (La)TeX as well, but I'm lazy, and tired of struggling w/  
TeX's float placement --- ANT looks to have some nice capabilities  
along those lines.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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