[OS X TeX] LaTeX conversion to eBook?

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Apr 30 19:25:13 CEST 2012

On Apr 30, 2012, at 12:29 PM, Doug McKenna wrote:

> Is that because nice hyphenation/justification is CPU-intensive?  Or some 
> other reason?  

I think mostly it's an historical choice 'cause it's based on .html and web browsers never have hyphenated (which they probably didn't originally due to CPU limitations, and there's no need to save vertical space on a web page when one can always just add a scroll bar). But see below.

> Seems like doing these things happens in TeX pretty fast 
> these days, so it's not a per se user-interface issue (assuming you could 
> use TeX inside an eBook).  Or is it just that the algorithms are gnarly?

Ebook readers need to be fast and responsive, and the user will not appreciate a significant wait for having the document re-flowed if they should choose to enlarge (or decrease) the type size.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
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