>         I hope this list is still alive - I joined 5 days ago and so
> far I got no mail from it.

which is because many of the people actively discussing the future of
latex were at the tug2000 conference.

this mailing list is for latex futures: please don't post working
issues about current latex here.  the usenet group comp.text.tex would
answer your question very quickly; i'll reply to you, off-list, to on
the present issue.

Robin Fairbairns

For the LaTeX Team