[dev-context] lua

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon Aug 8 18:53:38 CEST 2005


Recently i've started looking into Lua, a language meant for embedding 
in programs. It has a small footprint, and by reading themanukl i get 
the impression that it's a pretty well designed and clever language. So 
(after playing with lua and scite, which has it embedded) i started 
wondering about including lua in pdftex. Of course i'm dependent on 
others but i'm curious abotu wat members of this list think of it. It 
has quite a clever function model. Especially because it has a small 
footprint (some 100-150 k) it would add a lot to pdftex but at little cost.

think of on the one hand:


kind of things, or

\setbox2=\hbox to \lua{tex.todimen(somevar)}

and alike. Of course the interface is to be determined, but a 
startingpoint can be access to box dimensions and registers and the 
ability to pipe text (strings) back into teh tex inpt stream.

whatdoyouthink ...


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