> Despite my not knowing whether the release of a new LaTeX2e*-y package is
> that much to mention anymore
yes please, mention it, it looks great though I'm a bit horrified to see that
somebody really attempted to let galley2 loose on the world :-)
as I said in the mail the other day, I really don't consider that package
being "usable" in a real practical sense. But if you prove me wrong, so much
> Frank's mail the other day sounded like at least template and something
> like xhj was fairly close to getting properly released, and I would
> consider that a Good Thing.
so would I but I leave updating template.dtx to other David or others (for the
moment at least) and like you work within its limits.
seems I gaveyou the wrong impression: what is going to be released before May
is a fromt matter package (and perhaps with it a simple xhj version that works
without galley2 so that i don't run into problems using the frontmatter
package in the real world :-)
> I'd still like to announce the availability of my own docindex/docidx2e
> package, which can be found on CTAN in macros/latex/exptl/xdoc/ since about
> a day.
for some reason the xdocdemo.tex file the readme talks about is not on CTAN
(though the ftp search has it in its cache)
> >From the more general perspective of LaTeX2e* development I suspect that
> the most interesting feature of the docindex package is that there is also
> a docidx2e package, which is docindex "downgraded" to work without any
> LaTeX2e* packages but still following the same general logic. I believe the
> comparison of programming styles can elucidate the advantages there are
> with the templated style (even for those who have mastered the classical
> I also think the markup of template definitions etc. came out quite well.
> People who are themselves writing templated packages may find it worth
> while to take a look at the typeset sources for that reason alone.
this is really good news to hear for me and I would hope that a few others
would follow your advice.