[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Wed Aug 1 12:27:55 CEST 2012

2012/8/1 Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> Martin Schröder wrote:
>> When LuaTeX started I also toyed with the idea and had a look at
>> JavaScript interpreters - they were much larger.
> Large enough to have any significant impact on a modern machine,
> which one might reasonably expect to have 4Gb of RAM ?  Size
> mattered when Don wrote TeX; these days it is far far far less
> of an issue.

Probably not. IIRC the binaries where around 75 KB (Lua) and
750 KB(JS). Compare this with 1 MB for a recent Knuthian TeX
binary (on Linux) and 2 MB for pdfTeX.

JS was simply a behemoth to pull in compared to Lua.


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