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I think that is a good idea, since what is done by different packages really 
should simply be options.

 Paul Thompson



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From: Joseph Wright <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wed, March 9, 2011 11:22:07 AM
Subject: Re: format?

On 09/03/2011 17:09, Frank Mittelbach wrote:
> I'm not so sure about your complaint about meaningless line-after-line
> \usepackages, though. I was and is a simple interface but at least it ended up
> with a clean specifcation what that particular 2e document needed.
> 
> But yes, why not something better ... but then first step would be to come up
> with suggestions what a "better" interface would be

Looking long-term, the idea (at least to me) is that a lot of stuff for
LaTeX3 should be in the kernel anyway. So a lot of the current
\usepackage stuff would be covered by built-in code or at least options.
-- 
Joseph Wright