Tue, 7 Mar 2000 00:06:53 +0100
> At 21.35 +0100 2000-03-05, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> >unfortunately Frank told us in his last mail that he vanishes for a
> >few days to work on output routines.
> I wonder when he will appear again? It's been a month. OTOH, output
> routines are tricky things, so it is hardly surprising that it takes time.
here he is but he is going to vanish again in a few minutes :-)
have to do preparations for the DANTE meeting where i like to show some of the
yes output routines are tricky beasts but the work we did last mont was well
spend, i think. i hope to be able to present parts of it real soon on this
list on the www server.
so much for now:
- the pages produced from the new OR are looking horrible :-)
and it is slower and can't do a lot the old could
- but we are really feeling good about it as it has the potential
and it is getting there.
what it can right now is
- doing multiple columns (up to 6 right now but this is not a restriction)
- handle different float strategies, eg float after callout, float after or
on the same column, float on the same page
- deal with bottom floats when footnotes are involved (disallow them, decide
where the footnote goes ...
- allow absolute manual control if needed. ie writes a float position file
and all you have to do is to move lines in that file to move floats around.
- allows for \flushfloat which outputs all floats before the current point
without starting a new page
- allows for caption positioning depending on placement
- allows for changing the position algorithm
- will soon handle page spreads (essentially considering a spread as a
- will soon do spanning floats
- will (hopefully) soon do marginal floats
right now it is roughly 40 pages code and growing (and buggy :-)
as for the page hook. somethig like that should be definitely become part of
> PS: When I wrote about tracefnt anyway, I might as well mension this thing
> too. Could it be possible to have the option reinserted that temporarily
> resetted the \tracing... parameters during \selectfont? Appearently this
> feature was bundled with something else that probably doesn't work anymore,
> but I can't see any reason (apart from lack of time) why it shouldn't be
> possible to reinsert just this particular feature. I'm so tired of wading
> through screenful after screenful of font selection every time I need to
> trace a piece of code that, apart from the things I'm really interested in,
> also does a couple of font changes.
wish granted. in fact while working on the OR and other things i got so tired
of such output that i wrote a small little package called trace that
implements that kind of stuff. putting it into tracfnt is not a good idea as
there is more than just font stuff one wants to disable.
it is right now in Barbara Beeton's hand as a submission for TUB and i'm going
to put it onto the WWW in a few days.