[tex-live] Re: Please drop the DVI-with-pdfTeX hack!

Jonathan Fine J.Fine at open.ac.uk
Wed Sep 7 18:32:19 CEST 2005

"Ralf Stubner" <ralf.stubner at physik.uni-erlangen.de> wrote in message
news:lzr7c13p4n.fsf at tfkp12.physik.uni-erlangen.de...


> ---------------------------------------
> Warning:
> Starting with TeX Live 2004, pdfetex was used as default engine to build
> formats (with the exception of plain TeX and omega related formats). In
> order to ease this transition, some of the new primitives provided by
> pdfTeX have been 'masked'. With TeX Live 2005 this is no longer done.

> The advantage of this change is that now packages like microtype.sty can
> be used to produce DVI files with the microtypographical extensions from
> pdfTeX.

Thank you, Ralf, for preparing this draft announcement.
It makes it easier to see how users will be affected.


> If you have many legacy documents that you cannot change to using
> ifpdf.sty, please uncomment '\input pdftex-dvi.tex' in
> TEXMFDIST/tex/latex/config/latex.ini and recreate the formats using the
> command 'fmtuitl --all'. However, then packages like microtype.sty can
> no longer be used when a DVI file is produced.

Reading this, I thought perhaps it would be better to revise microtype.sty.

A google search (18 hits) shows that it seems to have very few users.

Perhaps the microtype tail is trying to wag the dog.

This is what I thought, when I took a user's point of view.

Hope this helps, in what is clearly a difficult issue.


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