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Mon, 21 May 2007 08:55:59 -0500
1) The axiom.sty is under revision control because it is needed early
in the process, as are most of the things in the scripts directory.
Perhaps the need has gone away over time but i doubt it.
2) bookvol1 was published "standalone" so it did not depend on
.sty files which are not in the standard latex distro. The
axiom.sty file is not standard so the commands were put into the file.
3) I don't like the idea of additional .sty files either. Some of the
commands I've needed from other .sty files have migrated into
axiom.sty. This will allow us to have all of the functionality for
our "standard" files. Using \providecmd allows people to use other
.sty files without errors.
However, in some files I've been documenting I need to do things
like draw diagrams using special purpose packages. For instance,
I'm documenting the octonions now and there is a "standard"
octonion triangle that I'm drawing with xypic. Eventually I'll
make it into a .ps file and we can remove the include.