[Dev-luatex] The LuaTeXbook

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Sun Jan 2 19:38:21 CET 2011


Hello,

If I want to be a high level user/wizard/professional of TeX, I can buy 
the TeXbook and learn everything in it and experiment a lot. Here is a 
very interesting but heavy work to do.
If I want to be a high level user of PDFTeX, I'll have to be a wizard of 
TeX and a professional of eTeX : Very heavy work
If I want to be a high level user of LuaTeX, I'll have to be a wizard of 
PDFTeX, Lua, Omega, Aleph,... : Very very heavy work.

So if I want to be a high level user of LuaTeX, I have to learn 
everything about the thirty years old TeX history.

When LuaTeX will stable enough (LuaTeX v2.0 ???), is it on the roadmap 
to write a "LuaTeXbook" just
like D.E. Knuth did in 1983 ? The idea would be to explain completely 
the functionalities of LuaTeX as if nothing had never existed before, it 
would be the opportunity to
give users a new start in the world of TeX who allows to understand this 
programming langage (LuaTeX, not TeX) without having to look for all 
pieces of the puzzle.
Of course, this "LuaTeXbook" would deal with Lua (and why not lua 
libraries, fontforge...) but we must bear in mind that the TeX aspect 
matters most.

This book would be a very heavy project but it would be a very useful tool.




Arthur



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