[tug-summer-of-code] Project idea: LaTeX3 "microkernel"

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 09:08:04 CET 2009

On 08/03/2009, at 6:12 PM, Jonathan Fine wrote:
> I'm often asked: When will MathTran support LaTeX?  The problem is  
> that because MathTran uses a secure variant of the plain TeX format  
> (so we can run TeX as a daemon), and so commands such as \def are  
> stored in inaccessible locations such as \_def.
> Is it possible that this project could be done in a way that  
> produced something that would help MathTran support LaTeX?  As I  
> recall, it took me about a week to create a secure variant of plain  
> TeX.  I'd be really interested in a similar port of AMS math.

I think these are separate projects. amsmath and LaTeX3 have nothing  
to do with each other, at this stage. (Although I'm sure we'll need to  
write a compatibility layer for amsmath at some stage.)

What are the obstacles to writing a secure LaTeX for MathTran?


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