[texhax] includegraphics and image scaling

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Dec 11 02:07:30 CET 2010

On 10 December 2010 Peter Davis wrote:

 > Yes, many engineers used to take that position regarding software
 > usability too.  If you use the software incorrectly, it's your own
 > fault if it crashes, destroys your data, corrupts your hard drive,
 > or whatever.  Then we started making software that handles
 > exceptions.  The world is a nicer place.
 > It's not a matter of wielding clout.  My point about Photoshop is
 > not that Adobe cares one iota about what LaTeX does.  I'm trying to
 > emphasize that there will be *very* many files which exhibit this
 > bug.  You can choose to fail processing these files, or you can
 > give inconsistent results (vis, pdfTeX vs. XeTeX), or you can try
 > to provide the most useful behavior.  Engineering is about
 > trade-offs.

I don't see any problem here.  Both, pdfTeX and XeTeX behave correctly.
If you are not satisfied with the results, repair your broken files.
TeX engines are not about trade-offs.  Crap in, crap out.


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