[metapost] [mp-form.mp and negative numbers

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Tue Dec 11 21:19:21 CET 2007

Dan Luecking wrote:
> It appears that metafun's initialize_numbers is buggy. Or perhaps it
> was never meant to be used alone. That particular function is defined
> in mp-text.mp and calls
>    init_numbers(textext.raw($-$),textext.raw($1$),...). The
> macro textext appears to return "unknown" if some quantity called
> texpictures[noftexpictures] is unknown. This appears to be the
> case when textext is first called. Thus the minus sign picture
> is unknown.
> Other uses of metafun (within context, for example) might arrange for
> that variable to be known.
> The following work-around might or might not be useful. I only tested
> it on stephan's example:
>    noftexpictures:=0;
>    picture texpictures[];
>    texpictures1 := btex$-$etex;
> Use after metafun is input but before any calls to format().

sorry for not answering sooner, but i looked at it and was puzzled why 
it didn't initialize .. normally it should fall back to the old method; 
i need to spent some more time on it


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