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Re: [Axiom-developer] build-improvements and latex

From: Ralf Hemmecke
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] build-improvements and latex
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 01:58:41 +0100
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Underscores would be no problem at all if filenames where
properly tagged. Note that there is a latex package called url
(/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/misc/url.sty) which provides a \path
command. Together with hyperref one can turn that also into

I like this idea but I think it might need more thought. How do
we want to present this large collection of Axiom documentation
files to a user? How will they navigate? How will this interact,
or will it interact with hyperdoc? Will they be searchable? What
is better, dvi or pdf? Etc.

I have a simple suggestion. Forget the Axiom user for a moment. First we need to have good documentation for developers. A user probably cares mose about the "algebra" subdirectory. I don't care too much about interaction with hyperdoc and such. The current pamphlet -> dvi way also does not involve hyperdoc.

My dream would be to have for each bigger unit one document (which is .dvi, .pdf or .html -- you have already seen in ALLPROSE that it is not so hard to generate different output formats). By "bigger unit" I approximately mean the subdirectories in src. Such a document would be similar to the ALLPROSE stuff -- hyperlinks here and there.

The question is whether other Axiom developers would like it or whether there are other suggestions we could agree upon. It's a lot of effort after all. And before I invest time there I would rather like to know in advance what other peoples dreams are. So that I don't have to throw away my stuff in the end.


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