[NTG-pdftex] \pdfprimitive

Heiko Oberdiek oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de
Sat Apr 7 21:52:56 CEST 2007

On Sat, Apr 07, 2007 at 07:53:52PM +0200, Hans Hagen wrote:

> ??? wrote:
> > 2007/4/6, Philip & Le Khanh <Philip-and-LeKhanh at royal-tunbridge-wells.org>:
> >   
> >> rather than just PDF primitives ...  If
> >> this is the case, is there any chance of
> >> a better choice of name in a future release ?
> >>     
> >
> > Would you prefer a pdfTeX version that suddenly has a primitive \foo
> > thus potentially breaking all documents already providing \foo ? :-)
> if a document provides \foo, then a nw primitive \foo is never seen
> because the document obscures it; actually, the user won't even notice;

If the document uses \newcommand, then the user will get an error.
If the user uses a package that uses the new foo, this package
will probably break.

> only when a macro package uses \foo there could be a problem but that's
> seldom the user's concern

Some will generate bug reports that could have been avoided in the
first place.

Yours sincerely
  Heiko <oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de>

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