> Phillip Helbig writes:
> > I disagree here. The beauty of PSFRAG is that one can divorce the
> > graphic from the .tex file. Often, graphics are made for overheads etc
> > and later recycled in a .tex file.
> i can sort of see this scenario, but it sounds weird. why dont you
> generate the graphics in a high-level system if this is your need?
I write a Fortran program, run it for several weeks on a computer, and
it produces some output. To look at this output, show it to colleagues
etc I plot it (again with a Fortran program, in my case, but it could be
with anything). I can make an overhead for a talk etc. Depending on
various factors, it might end up in a paper for journal A, journal B, a
conference proceeding etc---all of which might have different font
requirements. If the plot is involved, i.e. takes half an hour to make
it (choose contour levels, label certain features, perhaps highlight a
certain region, overlay it with another plot etc) I don't want to have
to repeat that just to change the font!
What does `high-level system' mean here?
> > recreate the plot, which in some cases might mean a lot of effort, every
> > time I change fonts in my document!!!!!!! The whole beauty of TeX/LaTeX
> > is macros; I don't want to hard-wire fonts into anything!
> i sympathize. and would use Metapost for my plots, obviating the
> problem :-} (but then Berthold would hate me again)
I admit not having looked into METAPOST yet.
> psfrag is great, _if_ you live in a world of one formatter, and one page
> description language. Big "if", if you ask me (which you didnt, before
> anyone says so)
In my world (astronomy), at least for now, LaTeX and PostScript are sort
of standard and life is not that difficult.
> i know i sound like an evangelist, but XML/MathML/SVG really *are*
> designed to cover this sort of game. your SVG graphic will embed
> MathML markup cleanly.
Maybe I can change the Fortran code to make XML/MathML/SVG an output
format option. :) (Now it does PostScript, Sixel graphics, Tektronix
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