[texhax] Fwd: kerTeX: TeX and al. under BSD license

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Dec 20 00:20:24 CET 2011

On 2011-12-19 at 23:01:17 +0100, tlaronde at polynum.com wrote:

 > On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 10:42:01PM +0100, Heiko Oberdiek wrote:
 > > 
 > > Any chance that e-TeX will be supported? There are already quite
 > > some packages that require e-TeX.
 > It depends on what e-TeX really is. If it is "just" a macro package à la
 > LaTeX, it is supported.
 > If it is a patched version of TeX, I have significantly reorganized and
 > simplified the whole hierarchy, so it should be easy to just adapt the
 > change files starting with the vanilla TeX instances (initex, virtex and
 > triptex).

It's a change-file.  Shouldn't be difficult to apply.
 > But it is not on my planning for now. But if someone just wants to add
 > it, and something isn't clear in the way kertex_M and kertex_T work
 > together, just ask!
 > My immediate aim is to provide a simple, sure distrib of TeX and al. that
 > Donald E. Knuth could just install if needed.
 > More work has to be done after to support utf8 and alien fonts. And to
 > add also with some minimal changes (the support will be mainly in the
 > dvi drivers) not only left to right, but right to left, top to bottom,
 > bottom to top (?) "writing".

It's not clear to me what your final goal is.  First you said that you
want something which DEK can use.  On the other hand, the programs in
TeX Live are the same, except that they include kpathsea.

Then you said that you want to support UTF-8 too.  This certainly
requires significant changes to both, TeX and dvips and even to the
DVI format.  It contradicts somehow your aim to be closer to Knuth's

Since there are pdfTeX, XeTeX, and LuaTeX already, I'm wondering what
you have in mind.


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