[tex-live] Bug#666791: g-brief uses marvosym, but both defined \EMail

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 11:34:01 CEST 2012

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:10, Norbert Preining wrote:
>> I already wanted to upload the package to CTAN when I realized that
>> back then we had a problem with whether or not we are allowed to
>> distribute original PDF documentation. Martin Vogel replied to me
>> with:
> ...
>> So my question before uploading a fixed version is: based on his
>> reply, am I allowed to add his original PDF documentation to the
>> package?
> INAL but I would say yes, of course, it is very clear. But keep in mind,
> is there also the source code of the pdf?

Uncompressed PDF is just a text file, isn't it? You can also easily
use any tool like InDesign to modify it if hand-editing PDF file by
hand sounds too complicated ;)

The document has been created with some ancient version of Star Office
(that's probably a predecessor of OpenOffice/LibreOffice, so there is
even a slight chance that it could be opened :). That source document
is not part of the zip, but even if it was it would probably be almost
useless since even if one would be able to open it, it would be a bit
difficult to convince Office to use the right version of font and the
right glyphs. (It would probably work after some time, but it would be
a nontrivial task.)

In principle it is trivial to reproduce the document (or even to just
copy-paste from PDF to Writer and fix some problems; or maybe
replicate the document in TeX), but I see no compelling reason to do
so. It is just work (trivial work) that takes time and doesn't bring
any benefit apart from being able to say that "we have the source now"
and resulting in a document just a tiny bit different from author's
original. Using common-sense, replicating the document is a less
friendly gesture towards the author than simply including the original
PDF. If anyone feels a need to do whatever changes in the document,
(s)he can always do that when the need arises.

The document contains 12 pages of a table with
    (graphical symbol, character number, latin1 character to type,
PostScript name, German description, English description)
plus Author's contact information and some tiny examples at the end.


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