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Re: [Texmacs-dev] A practical solution to improved Latex output

From: Joris van der Hoeven
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] A practical solution to improved Latex output
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:50:27 +0200
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Hi Christoph,

I am willing to include any concrete and well-thought patch in this direction.
The best solution would probably to define some kind of meta-tag with 
on how to export other tags inside the body to LaTeX.

Best wishes, Joris

On Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 01:41:24PM +0100, Christoph Gladisch wrote:
> I have been using TexMacs for about 3 years and really appreciate your
> work. The reasons why to prefer TexMacs over Latex are clear. However
> sometime it is really required to use Latex, e.g., when (a) cooperating
> with non-TexMacs users, or (b) because of the requirements by other
> parties to deliver a finished document written in Latex.
> My approach in these cases is to write a document using TexMacs, then
> convert the document to Latex, and then to run my self-written tool
> called TexMacs-Latex-2-Improved-Latex (TML2L) that improves the Latex
> code according to my requirements. The requirements are to create more
> readable Latex code and especially to use specific Latex-macros,
> Latex-environments or even more complex Latex code from non-standard
> packages. In case (a) this can be done only for the first version of the
> document and in case (b) this process can be repeated until the document
> is finished.  This tool is very simple and it  has no parser. It is
> based on boundary search of opening and closing braces and performs
> string replacements and therefore this is an extremely dirty approach
> that causes frequently problems.
> I would like to ask the TexMacs developers to implement a customized
> Latex exporter directly in TexMacs. It should be possible to define for
> *each* TM-macro if it should be expanded or otherwise *how* it should be
> transformed into Latex-code. For the latter it would be sufficient to
> define simple text patterns (Latex-code) with variables (that represent
> the parameters of the TM-macro). This approach should not have the
> restriction to translate a TM-macro to a Latex-macro and TM-environment
> to Latex-environment. I belief that many users in computer science who
> often must use Latex and Latex with specific packages would then have
> the chance to use TexMacs for their work.
> Best regards
> Christoph Gladisch

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