[NTG-context] Metapost and TeX
matweber at indiana.edu
Tue Aug 24 05:02:50 CEST 2004
This is not exactly an answer to your question, but it might
solve your problem.
You can use overlays with any figure, see cont-eni.pdf page 150ff.
The mechanism is not so much the tex-engine TeX but one of the many
add-ons that come with ConText and exploit features of PDF.
In particular, you can use your PDFs directly in ConText.
I found this easier than to teach my picture producing applications to
right fonts in the right way at the right place.
On Aug 23, 2004, at 9:48 PM, skhilji at tampabay.rr.com wrote:
> I don't have any experience in metapost. I would appreciate if
> someone would please answer this question without me having to do thru
> tutorials and metapost source code.
> I was wondering how does metapost talk to TeX? Quicky glancing
> through the metafun book, I found out that you can super-impose text
> typeset by TeX on top of a diagram. I imagine you could do the same
> with mathematical equations too.
> So how does metapost interact with TeX? Let me guess:
> 1) Metapost could first write down to a file the text that it wan't
> TeX to typeset. It could then run TeX on the file. TeX produces a
> DVI file and metapost reads it back. It can then superimpose it on
> top of a picture.
> 2) Metapost could also be including within itself a simplified
> version of TeX. But that would be reinventing the wheel.
> So how does it happen in reality?
> The reason that I am asking is that I am interested in producing some
> diagrams using the libHARU PDF library (a C++ library to produce PDF
> files). Beautiful Text support, however, is missing from the library.
> I was wondering if I could hack it up so that I could somehow use TeX
> for the text part and C++ calls for the graphics part.
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