[NTG-pdftex] \pdfprimitive

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon Apr 9 15:36:32 CEST 2007


Vladimir Volovich wrote:
> "TH" == Taco Hoekwater writes:
>
>  TH> Luatex is *not* going to be identical to pdftex 1.xx. It will be
>  TH> as compatible as is reasonable, but such compatibility is not the
>  TH> first goal.
>
> but you mentioned that you plan to rename lots of existing
> non-PDF-related primitives by stripping the "pdf" prefix; this would
> merely create problem for macro-package writers... and it doesn't
> sound like it couldn't be avoided; on the other hand, avoiding
> renaming of existing primitives sounds like a reasonable way to
> improve compatibility. :)
>   
we use luatex to clean up some of the mess that crept in; it makes no sense to carry around this burden forever; as taco said: pdftex will be around forever, and for straightforward open type support xetex is also an option

also, in order to support luatex beyond its 'compatibility with pdftex 1.* level' macro packages need to be adapted substantially anyway; if this is no option, pdftex is a good alternative 

Hans 


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