# [NTG-pdftex] Synchronization

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Mon Feb 11 11:35:14 CET 2008

2008/2/11, Hans Hagen <pragma at wxs.nl>:
> LAURENS Jérôme wrote:
> > I agree that a name like \pdfsynchronize is more user friendly, but
> > the advantage of synctex is that it can also be used in the CLI...
> > as I said the string "synctex" is also some kind of keyword.
>
> the policy for pdftex is not to introduce new primitives unless preceded
> by \pdf ... (not that i care that much because macro packages can deal
> with it but for latex it was considered a problem as there are many
> packages out there we don't know of), so such is life ...

This isn't really an issue anymore with \pdfprimitive. :-)

> anyhow, even if we use a non prefixed primitive, i'd like a more verbose one
>
> \synchronizeoutputstate
>
> or, actually, it belongs to the trace family
>
> \traceoutputpositions
>
> or so; since we're talking tex here, the tex in \synctex is somewhat
> strange; of course you can call your mechanism as such, but that;s a
> different matter

Agreed. And we shouldn't forget to include Johnathan in the
discussion, since this should also end up in XeTeX. :-)

Best
Martin