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 Proposed change of policy David Kastrup <[log in to unmask]> Sat, 4 Jan 2003 13:57:55 +0100 text/plain (32 lines) Since quite a few programming feats and list juggling exercises (like \savingdiscards) require the use of eTeX, and since running out of registers and the like is a rather frequent occurence, I would propose that the LaTeX project make the following change to policy starting with the next release: The format/executable combination that distribution vendors are to use for the executables named `latex' and `pdflatex' is to be eTeX, respectively PDFeTeX. For those that want to test out compatibility with older versions, the names olatex and pdfolatex will be available, but it is strongly urged that distributions will usually not generate those formats by default since they will just be dead weight. elatex and pdfelatex should usually just be links or other appropriate aliases to latex and pdflatex. The naming of the TeX executables themselves (virtex, initex) is not the business of the LaTeX project. Neither is that of the plain TeX executables. While consistency would probably make it convenient if this scheme was also followed in that areas, this might provide confusion for those wanting to work from the TeXbook, and I am not entirely clear about how Knuth's wishes would apply to the naming of the _executables_ (as opposed to the banners and documentation). But this fuzziness does not concern the name of the "latex" executable, and thus I would urge the LaTeX project to start deprecating the use of a TeX version that has shown itself to come short for the typesetting problems centering around LaTeX. -- David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum