[tex-live] wrapping figures in paragraphs

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sun Feb 27 17:23:33 CET 2011

Mojca Miklavec <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

> Starting from http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=textflow,
> it suggests to use floatflt, wrapfig and picins. Only one of them is
> still present in TeX Live and other are referenced from descriptions:
> package:     figflow
> longdesc:    Provides a Plain TeX macro \figflow that allows one to
> insert a figure into an area inset into a paragraph. Command arguments
> are width and height of the figure, and the figure (and its caption)
> itself. Usage details are to be found in the TeX file itself. The
> package does not work with LaTeX; packages such as wrapfig, floatflt
> and picins support the needs of LaTeX users in this area.
> Would it make sense to at least make it clear on FAQ that the packages
> were taken out of TL?

it's tiresome, i agree, but i'm not sure there's anything i can
rationally do in that area.  of course, tl isn't the only game in town,
and floatflt _is_ in miktex (whose licence rules i really don't
understand).  what faq are we referring to here? -- fundamentally, i
don't want to generate redundant information like this in the uk faq.

> (Did anyone contact the authors to ask about
> licences?)

i think the chance of contacting the author of picins is pretty
slender.  piet van oostrum failed ~=1990 (as a result of which, his
clarification document doesn't appear in the package directory, iirc).

as for floatflt, i think there _was_ an exchange with dahlgren, and he
was unwilling to change.

on the whole, i don't think the catalogue (which is where the longdesc
comes from) _should_ hold statements of this form, either -- each of the
references in the catalogue is a link, and the interested used, starting
from there, could find whether the referenced package is in tl or

otoh, getting from that link to the details of the linked packages is
probably a bit much for tl.

so i don't see any usable solution for this problem; any suggestions
would be welcome.


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