Nice summary, Frank. I go along with it.
I get mail every day from LaTeX users trying to send us manuscripts;
they fall into 3 categories
- those who don't know 2e exists
- those who have a 1994 version and dont understand why it breaks
- those who can't control it anyway (viz Scientific Word users)
and a very few who have the same setup that i do...
there is _no way_ these people will upgrade to get at the sort of extra
e-TeX provides. they _might_ upgrade to Omega, i suppose, if they are
what they _do_ use is pdftex. I am amazed at how wide-spread
references to it are, in purely academic places, in `semi-commercial'
contexts (like the man redoing all the Debian Linux docs with pdftex)
and the publishing world, where it has undoubtedly struck a chord.
i am biased, of course, but my ideal future is the `NTS' box that takes the
Omega engine and uses DSSSL as its style language to format XML
documents. from that perspective, there is simply no place for `LaTeX'