[NTG-pdftex] \pdfprimitive

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Sat Apr 7 09:20:35 CEST 2007


Philip & Le Khanh wrote:
> As an aside, if I understand the function
> of \pdfprimitive correctly (that is, it
> allows access to a primitive whose name
> has been stolen), then it is (IMHO)
> singularly ill-named, in that it allows
> access to /all/ primitives (e.g., \show)
> rather than just PDF primitives ...  If
> this is the case, is there any chance of
> a better choice of name in a future release ?

We had a long discussion a few years back about the names
for the non-tex, non-etex primitives. The consensus was that
they should all be recognizable by having a unique prefix,
that is when the \pdf.... naming convention started.

(personally, I don't like it, but I was outvoted)

Best,
Taco





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