[XeTeX] [tex-live] XeTeX/TeX Live : Setting the default language

mskala at ansuz.sooke.bc.ca mskala at ansuz.sooke.bc.ca
Fri Nov 4 22:30:02 CET 2011

On Fri, 4 Nov 2011, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> As far as paper size is concerned, as mentioned by Matthew Skala, this
> information belongs into each document too.  However, there are some
> situations where default settings can be useful though, for instance
> if you exchange TeX source files with Americans.  However, this
> requires a well designed page layout which yields good results on
> both, A4 and letter paper.

Paper size is special because if you compile your document for the wrong
paper size and send it to a printer, at many sites that will cause the
printer to stall and demand operator attention while other documents pile
up in the queue.  Incorrect hyphenation doesn't have that effect.  In a
multiuser environment it's a given that people *will* leave things on the
defaults, whatever those may be; and you can't have queue stalls many
times every day just to preserve the purity of the "metadata in every
document" model.  Administrators will implement a site-local default for
paper size whether they should or not.  Getting the right set of
hyphenation patterns can be more safely left to the users.
Matthew Skala
mskala at ansuz.sooke.bc.ca                 People before principles.

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