[tex-live] Non-PDF documentation

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Mon Feb 1 21:34:18 CET 2010

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> wrote:

> Hi Philipp,
> Philipp Stephani a écrit :
>> are there any plans to convert non-PDF manuals to PDF? I think PS and DVI
>> manuals are inconvenient for many because end users generally have no DVI or
>> PostScript viewer installed. For example, on Mac OS X, PDFs can be viewed
>> natively, whereas DVIs and PSs have to be converted on the fly and look much
>> worse.
> I agree with you. Actually there are such plans. At least Robin an I have been
> converting dvi/ps documentation to pdf (or generating pdf documentation when no
> compiled doc was available at all) for some time. 

What a pity.  Viewing DVI in xdvi is so much faster and in particular so
much more comfortable than PDF in xpdf(-derivatives) or acroread.

Is there really a majority of TeX users who prefer PDF?  Is the planned
new 1.5 format faster to load?  Are there any alternative PDF viewers
that can be handled conveniently with keystrokes, like xdvi?

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Debian Developer (TeXLive)
VCD Aschaffenburg-Miltenberg, ADFC Miltenberg
B90/Grüne KV Miltenberg

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