[NTG-context] 2c considerations about win installer
valle at di.unito.it
Fri Apr 21 01:33:04 CEST 2006
I'm using conTeXt to create automatic documentation about sound
classification. The idea is that starting from an html file collecting
infos about sounds my program can generate some schematic images using
R and POV-Ray and to create a conTeXt file including both images and
Now, I'd like to share this work with my students. I'm on macosx,
they're typically on win. My program is in python so it's
cross-platform, so no problem. Obviously they can annotate sounds,
generate images and include them manually in a MS word file. But I'd
prefer that they compile the conTeXt file.
On two win machines I tried to install conTeXt using the complete
package (shipped with Scite: nice). I had always (different) troubles
(on each machine) with environment variable (e.g. for Perl): actually
I'm not able to run conTeXt.
Hacking a bit, eventually asking the list, I think I will solve the
problem. But I don't think that my students can do, as I suspect that
they probably not even know what is PATH. And I cannot help them on
So, more generally, I was asking myself if it would not be possible
(and better) to have an .exe installer as usual happens in win,
including Perl, maybe Ruby (+ or- 20 Mb doesn't change too much).
Double click, and it set ups all the installation parameters. A
completely autonomous installer would allow many people to try, use
and get fond conTeXt (and maybe to leave Word) without having to
struggle with problems which typically lead people to leave out.
It seems to me that a similar installer would be a refinement in the
spirit of the actual mswincontext distro.
At the end, it's not that far form Gerben's distro on macosx. It does
everything for me...
Or maybe am I missing something?
Just my 2 c
DAMS - Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione
Università degli Studi di Torino
andrea.valle at unito.it
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