[texhax] perl for TeX presentations (was: LaTeX users mailing list)
sgovindachar at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 13 06:22:38 CEST 2013
On 9/11/2013 4:20 AM, Shawn Wilson wrote:
> Some users like mailing lists, some like irc, some like the web.
> I find its a culture thing. If I need perl help, I'll get on
> IRC. If I want Unix help, I'll use a mailing list. Apparently we
> don't have a mac.info archive for this list (maybe that should
> be done).
> I think there's also a user acceptance part to this. Not many
> people use tex. Everyone I know that does layout stuff used xml
> (docbook and such). My cousin did his EE thesis in word (no idea
> how). At $work we have perl scripts that generate documents
> (don't ask - I didn't do it).
I do it -- for presentations! A bit more info is provided below.
> I only started using tex because I am finding the need to do
> presentations and refuse to use anything I can't track in source
> control (and I *hate* xml).
I write my presentations in perl -- when I execute the resulting
perl script, it writes out a plain TeX file and applies pdfTeX on
that plain TeX file to provide me the desired pdf presentation.
The pdf presentation can be fairly complex (with transitions,
embedded movies, right-click resulting in a drop-down menu of the
table of contents etc.) The perl script can also generate a plain
text file that can be printed to form the hand-out -- I prefer
such a hand-out to printing the pdf presentation as hand-out.
> As an aside of my experience so far: I've found, info for
> creating non-science docs is lacking (I might want math in a doc
> but it isn't my use case). Everything else is starting to ship
> with an online package manager (perl has shipped with cpan for
> ~15 years) yet tlmgr is separate.
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