[tex-live] running programs from texlive tlc2

Tigran Aivazian tigran at aivazian.fsnet.co.uk
Thu Dec 9 14:48:32 CET 2004

btw, I put "slow" in quotes because there is NOTHING out there to compare 
Tiqwah against. Indeed, in this sense Tiqwah is unique because there is no 
system capable of correctly typesetting Hebrew with both vowels and 
accents. This remained so since the 80s when Yannis Haralambous wrote 

This should be a challenge to anyone who understands these issues --- to 
write a free replacement of the Tiqwah system. I like Tiqwah very much and 
put a lot of effort (e.g. wrote an extra preprocessor layer) to adapt my 
stuff to it, but I'll gladly throw it all away if there is an open-source 

Kind regards

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Tigran Aivazian wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk> writes:
>>> I'll pass on the chance to read your code, thanks :-} You need a
>>> macro expert, not a dilettante like me.
>> Well, if the incriminated code is from Yannis, it would seem that he
>> already had an expert have a go on it.  That does not mean that the
>> stuff is necessarily done in the best possible way, but it could well
>> be that there is no reasonably obvious way to achieve the same thing
>> more efficiently.
> Yes, it is true that the Hebrew typesetting is extremely "slow" even if I 
> disable completely all my macros for specific layout, i.e. just plain typeset 
> pieces of text (with vowels and accents of course).
> So, due to the complexity of the underlying model (anyone who have read 
> Yannis' paper on Hebrew Bible typesetting knows this) it is probable that 
> there is no easy way to do it faster...
> Kind regards
> Tigran
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