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On 09/03/2011 18:26, Frank Mittelbach wrote:
> I don't think that this is what William meant. He was referring to the look
> and feel of 2e LaTeX documents which often contain a preamble loading a dozen
> or so additional packages. And to be honest if you subscribe to that basic
> model of thirdparty development then latex3 wouldn't have that kind of code in
> the kernel either. You are perfectly right that right now expl3.sty loads many
> packages which all eventually would form a single kernel, but that isn't the
> issue here.

I guess I see a difference between 'being able to add things' and
'having to add things'. Packages such as fontenc, caption and microtype
provide functionality that, in my opinion, should be in the kernel. (I
favour a much more ConTeXt-like coverage of 'official' material, as you
know.)
-- 
Joseph Wright