[tex-live] Re: Please drop the DVI-with-pdfTeX hack!
dak at gnu.org
Tue Sep 6 07:40:46 CEST 2005
karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) writes:
> Doesn't that mean that even ifpdf.sty hasn't been adapted to work
> with this hack?
> ifpdf.sty needs no adaptation.
> What is your view instead, Karl?
> That, what, five or six years of users doing \ifx\pdfoutput\undefined
> are not "wrong". I think it's unfair to call it just "sheer luck" or a
> "bad assumption" that it worked. That is (was) absolutely the standard
> way to detect whether pdftex was running. Don't blame users for doing
> what everyone said to do, everyone else was doing, and when no
> reasonable alternative was available.
Uh, nonsense. The whole point of \pdfoutput from the start was that
it could take two different values. PDFTeX _never_ was PDF-only.
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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