Vincent Lefevre on Sat, 19 Jan 2008 23:17:04 +0100

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Re: documentation in PDF?

On 2008-01-19 19:18:40 +0100, Bill Allombert wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 05:58:26PM +0100, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > I'm not sure that many users of binary distributions (e.g. Debian)
> > have a TeX distribution (thus xdvi), whereas almost all of them have
> > a PDF viewer, as PDF is nowadays a very common format.
> In that case they will not be able to build the documentation whether

They don't need to build it, just to install the package and read it.

> Current xdvi can zoom and search for text, and support hyperlink.

There are only 9 levels of zoom, and the "Fit in Window" option doesn't
resize the document when the window is resized, and just has the effect
of selecting one of the 9 zoom levels, so that there often is blank at
the bottom and on the right of the page.

The search for text is very elementary: it can only find one match at a

Hyperlinks don't seem to work. Also, there doesn't seem to be support for
a table of contents.

> >   * xdvi has important display problems. For instance, it truncates
> >     refcard.dvi on the right when zooming to much (zooming is sometimes
> >     necessary, just to make the characters big enough so that they are
> >     readable).
> Well, I cannot reproduce this issue on my system.

I can reproduce it on two different Debian machines.

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