[tex-live] TL2004: Technical problems and testing

Olaf Weber olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Wed May 12 22:47:03 CEST 2004

Fabrice Popineau writes:

>> No, TeX has always been system-dependent in the tty/log output.
>> I can see that having a way to achieve system-independent output may be
>> desirable, but I think it cannot be the priority right now.

> I even wonder if it is desirable, as long as the program has to be used by
> humans. I wonder if there is a single program which is system independent
> and which provides interaction to the user. 

> The problem is not to ignore system dependencies, but rather to integrate
> them so the behavior will look as natural as possible.

> Maybe that the behavior in batch interaction mode should be different than
> the normal one? 

How would we recoginze "batch mode"?  interaction_mode in TeX?  Not
connected to a terminal?  Other?

Perhaps we should drop the locale-dependency altogether.  Opinions/Votes?

Olaf Weber

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