[NTG-context] feature request

Alan Braslau braslau.list at comcast.net
Thu Jul 4 17:54:56 CEST 2019


On Thu, 4 Jul 2019 11:16:22 -0400 (EDT)
Aditya Mahajan <adityam at umich.edu> wrote:

> > BTW, I constantly convert Beamer documents into ConTeXt's
> > simpleslide documents recently and it is very convenient
> > if I can use \pmatrix{a&b\cr c&d\cr} style because it is similar
> > to LaTeX documents.  
> 
> You can create a private module with the definitions that you need.
> If these are general enough, then you can also release it as a third
> party module for others to use. I don't see the value of adding (and 
> maintaining!) a module that provides LaTeX compatibility as part of
> the core.

LaTeX compatibility is desired (by some)
1) when new to Context, coming from LaTeX and learning a new system;
2) for ConTeXt users who are *required* to sometimes use LaTeX,
   for example in submissions to journals etc. that accept LaTeX but
   cannot handle Context sources.

One gets over the first case rather quickly and then there is no
going back: the philosophies are so different.

In the second case, I restrict myself to a strict use of the journal's
own template (for example with revtex), never asking for anything more
nor anything less.

In a third situation of editors who give lip service to accepting TeX
submissions, I give them plain text for they are going to re-key in
everything in any case. I provide them with a pdf that they can use
to correct their markup.

Alan


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