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Mon, 15 Nov 1993 09:34:37 +1100
(1) One person commented that omitting page
breaks altogether would be a good thing
in ASCII output. The beauty of Lout is
that the concept of a page is not built
in, so this kind of thing is easy to do.
(2) Conversion from Lout to SGML or from
SGML to Lout is not document formatting
as such; the conversion just means
changing syntax without needing to
understand what the syntax means.
(3) A non-PostScript back end is possible
but one has to deal with the fonts
going in as well as the graphics
coming out. This is all in one module
for the output and one for the fonts.
I don't like the @LineStroke idea one
little bit, it amounts to defining
one's own graphics language to replace
PostScript, a bit like expecting a
compiler writer to define an assembly
I'll probably regret saying this next bit, but
why doesn't everyone just buy a PostScript
printer? It's a brilliant language and they
deserve every penny of the gigantic royalties
I gather they cream off. Have a look at the
Fig package that comes with Lout and just
consider how much of its power comes from
the flexibility and the features of PostScript.
There is so much nore to graphics rendering
than "draw a line from here to here", sometimes
I think people don't understand what a global
treasure PostScript is.
Jeff Kingston <=