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Re: The PDF back end

From: bln
Subject: Re: The PDF back end
Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 16:01:40 +0200
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Hi Kyle,

On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 08:39:17AM -0600, Kyle wrote:
> address@hidden wrote:
> > As Jeff said, the problem is that Lout depends too much on the
> > PostScript programming language.  Perhaps now is the time to
> > start transitioning to a new model, where there is no direct
> > connection between the Lout system and the final output format.
> > This should be done in small, testable steps so that the
> > transition can happen gradually and without breaking anything.
> Why transition away from the most powerful and most widely accepted graphical
> scripting language in the world?

Postscript has been tied directly into Lout and its macro packages. This
umbilical cord allowed Lout to grow into its current form. But if Lout wants
to continue to grow, this umbilical cord has to be severed at some point in

> Why reinvent the wheel?

Lout would still support Postscript, of course, but an additional layer
would be present between Lout's core and the back ends. Changing the core
would no longer mean changing all of the back ends as well. Adding a new
back end would no longer require changing the macro packages and the
documents itself. Is that so bad?

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Subject: Re: The PDF back end
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