[tex-live] Non-PDF documentation

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 22:12:58 CET 2010

2010/2/1 Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch>:
> 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?
Maybe users should be able to set in tlmgr or elsewhere, whether they
prefer DVI or PDF if both are available.

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

Zdeněk Wagner

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