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[Texmacs-dev] Alternate texmacs format

From: Sam Liddicott
Subject: [Texmacs-dev] Alternate texmacs format
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:17:12 -0000
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Here's a cunning plan (as Baldrick would say):

Let's reduce texmacs to the level of text editor; but let markup be stored in comments appropriate to the text file being edited.

Thus formatting can be expressed in # comments of a shell script AFTER the first line comment.

Comments in C++ files can be stored in // lines, etc.

Javadoc files may have implicit bookmark links or indexes that "just work" in the generated pdf but which aren't stored in any pre-amble.

The reasons why we might do this:

1. we allow texmacs to be useful to a much wide range of people - yes, stealing the weakly converted emacs audience.
2. we hope some of these users can write macros to compete with the emacs macros to make texmacs more useful and bring even more developers

Maybe we need a compatibility model so that emacs lisp can be run by the texmacs scheme?

This idea is worth further thought and discussion.


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