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[Axiom-developer] Leo

From: daly
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Leo
Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 01:28:55 -0500

Well, I've looked at and tried Leo.

I'm afraid that my opinions are rather worthless with respect to Leo
for two reasons. 

First, I'm a "primitivist" (that is, someone who thinks that people
should be able to send email using a bare CAT5 cable and a battery) so
IDE-like tools are not considered useful. I find typing raw latex to
be a perfectly reasonable way to create a document. How the documents
are created should be up to the author. How they are viewed is the
more interesting concern from my point of view.

Second, I find that editors are like spouses and after twenty years
with the emacs editor (spouse), my fingers cannot adjust.

Leo may be useful, and it may be worth exploring Ralf's list of
features by making modifications to Leo. At this point, though,
we are not even in agreement about the features and form of our
literate documents. I'm following Knuth. Gaby, Waldek, and Bill
have different ideas. Ralf has created code around ALLPROSE.
Cliff has created code around noweb-style/latex-style.

So far I am most attracted to Cliff's content/level/structuring
style of cl-web. I think he's done an excellent job. And I like
Ralf's pressure toward stronger hyperlinking. My attempts at
literate documents can be seen in either dhmatrix.spad.pamphlet 
or <>. The bookvol5
is still many, many hundreds of man-hours away from where I'd
like it to be and is not a good example yet.

But I leave the debate about Leo to everyone else. 


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