[pdftex] Extending pdftex

The Thanh Han hanthethanh at myrealbox.com
Tue Jul 1 13:06:09 CEST 2003

I must admit that situation of pdftex development is partly my fault --
I simply can't follow all discussions about pdftex in details and
response to those who posted some patches or suggestions, and make
decisions on what should be done or not. The main reason is lack of
time. However, it doesn't mean that I don't care at all and ignore all
those issues. I keep all messages about things that should be
changed/fixed in pdftex, with the hope that one day when I have time I
will look at them and do what seems reasonable to me.


On Tue, Jul 01, 2003 at 01:46:27AM +0200, Andreas Matthias wrote:
> Martin Schroeder wrote:
> > On 2003-06-30 21:36:20 +0200, Andreas Matthias wrote:
> >> Don't hide behind such recurring excuses! You know pretty well
> >> that this is not the reasons why the development of pdftex
> >> stalled.
> > 
> > Then please tell us the reasons.
> You are the one who can answer this, not me. I just told you
> that it is not a lack of volunteers. You are trying to pretend
> that but it is not true.
> I was willing to help. So I started to read ntg-pdftex for some
> time now, in the hope to come to know what you are working on.
> But I didn't find out. Reading that mailing list it doesn't 
> seem that any help is needed concerning current problems. So
> I started to write some extensions I was interesting in. 
> Especially I tried to extend pdf inclusion in that annotations
> (hyperlinks) are copied, too. There was a short discussion about
> that on this mailing list; see thread `pdf inclusion & hyperlinks'.
> Nobody said that such a feature is not desired, so I started to work
> on it. But when I presented first results of my work on ntg-pdftex
> nobody was interested in that. There wasn't even any response. You
> simply ignored me.
> And since Hans said today `there is no real need to add functionality',
> I know why you ignored me. But why didn't you tell that before? If
> specially features are not desired, why don't you tell us? If I knew
> that before I wouldn't be working on that extension. But since it
> always seems that pdftex development is just lacking volunteers I
> gave it a try. Now I know better. I still don't know what is
> going wrong in pdftex development, but it is definitely not a lack of
> volunteers. Or do you think it is correct to just ignore volunteers?
> Don't pretend to be looking for volunteers if you are then ignoring
> those who try to help!
> > I can only speak for the people I know: We have only a limited
> > amount of time and do the things _we_ are interested in.
> So limited that you cannot even offer a short comment to someone
> who was trying to help?
> <http://www.ntg.nl/pipermail/ntg-pdftex/2003-May/000163.html>
> Ciao
> Andreas
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