[pdftex] PDF 1.5 by default in TL 2010

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Jan 12 00:16:23 CET 2010

John Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> wrote:

> On Monday 11 January 2010 15:42:31 Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> > as you've been told before, "there ought to be" doesn't really
> > constitute much of a development strategy.  (especially in a program
> > that's now frozen apart from bug fixes.)
> Comments were requested on moving to PDF 1.5 as the standard output of Texlive 
> 2010 programs. My comment was that an option of X/1a as well would be more 
> useful to those who use certain printers who have this as a requirement.  If 
> the need is not expressed it has no chance of being met. 
> As for a development strategy it seems to me that the macro \pdfx would be a 
> good place to start. If its functionality were incorporated as a pdftex 
> command that would be the ideal solution.  Currently with required auxiliary 
> files etc. it is just too complicated for everyday use. And it is not usable in 
> pdftex or Context. 

\pdfx isn't a strategy, it's a target.  a development strategy would
involve identifying a group of programmers willing to do development
work, and proposing a working method.


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