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I vote against \documenttype

When switching from 2.09 to 2e, it was very confusing to have the two initiation strings so similar. It was hard to remember which was which, and I still sometimes need to look them up.  If possible, it would be nice to have something quite different:

\startdoc
\docinit
\initdocument

Anything which sounds like the start of a document, but which is different from 2e, would be good.

 Paul Thompson


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----- Original Message ----
From: William F Hammond <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:11:15 PM
Subject: Re: Key points of LaTex3

Joseph Wright <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> I'd imagine that LaTeX3 documents will start with something other than
> \documentclass (let's call it \documenttype, for arguments sake).  Given
> the likely size of a LaTeX3 kernel, essentially the entire 2e kernel
> could also be included without making it all that much bigger.  If the
> first line of the file is \documenttype, the 2e stuff is never used.  On
> the other hand, if \documentclass is found, the new kernel "bails out",
> runs the current 2e code and the file is processed as a 2e document.

I'd like to suggest that \documenttype, consistent with usage in the
gellmu project, be reserved for a document under an abstract
LaTeX-like markup instance that is equivalent to a document instance
under an SGML (or XML) document type.

I think something like \Documentclass (upper case) would make more
sense for new regime documents written in LaTeX the typesetting language

Cheers.

                                    -- Bill