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Re: LaTeX templates, was Docmentation/FAQs
- Subject: Re: LaTeX templates, was Docmentation/FAQs
- From: Jason Rodrigues <..hidden..>
- Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 17:34:03 -0400
On Thursday 21 September 2006 17:24, Chris Travers wrote:
> I am not interested in requiring that people rebuild their custom
> templates in a new system. I am not opposed to supporting other
> engines, but I think that backwards compatibility with LaTeX and easy
> conversion from SQL-Ledger are going to require that we support it for
> the forseable future.
> We could, however, offer plugins to support alternatives.
> However, a few points:
> 1) We really ought to revise the LaTeX of the templates to be less
> braindead and brittle.
> 2) We need to make the templating system LyX-friendly
> 3) We should allow the calls to the templates to hit a different
> extension for the template and a different executable to allow for
> plugins of this sort.
I think we should embrace Template Toolkit for this. TT has a lot of support
in the Perl community, and it's syntax is very easy. (And it can work by
directly entering syntax into the OO.o writer!!) We get a lot of plugins for
free, we don't have to deal with any working out any bugs in the original SL
One thing I never understood is why SL doesn't use any perl modules outside of
DBI. I mean, it even parses CGI query params by hand -- CGI.pm 's been in
perl since 5.3 .
Chris, what do you mean by 'LyX-friendly' ? Are there any specific things a
LyX-Friendly templating system ought to avoid .. ?