[NTG-context] SILE typesetter and other projects

denis.maier at ub.unibe.ch denis.maier at ub.unibe.ch
Sun Jan 3 22:39:52 CET 2021

Von: ntg-context <ntg-context-bounces at ntg.nl> Im Auftrag von Andres Conrado Montoya
Gesendet: Sonntag, 3. Januar 2021 18:19
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Betreff: Re: [NTG-context] SILE typesetter and other projects

Hi Denis.

SILE seems interesting, aslo Patoline. However, I think both of these are very immature, and I feel somewhat puzzled by the authors of SILE when they say that you can't do grid typesetting on TeX without horrible hacks, blatantly ignoring ConTeXt's achievements on the matter.

At least on their FAQ on Github they acknowledge ConTeXt regarding grid typesetting: “ConTeXt solves some of it reasonably well, but will not give you flowed frame support”

If you want to check an alternative typesetting system, I would tell you to not look forward but backwards: groff/troff are alive and well, are very mature, and you can find a lot of documentation and tutorials, even a subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/groff/. I would recommend trying the MOM macros for groff: http://www.schaffter.ca/mom/mom-01.html

Thanks, I’ve heard of troff, but I’ve never tried it. I think especially the Heirloom Troff implementation looks quite promising.

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