[R] Sweave in packages

Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at Friedrich.Leisch at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Mon Nov 4 10:35:07 CET 2002

>>>>> On Wed, 30 Oct 2002 16:44:51 -0500,
>>>>> Paul Gilbert (PG) wrote:


  >> - Is it indeed the purpose that the final document should be a pdf file even in
  >> source packages. The pdf files tend to become huge, and easily multiply the size
  >> of a source package. As I have a 56KB modem at home (working at ~5KB file
  >> transfer speed in practice) I am really concerned with this aspect as well (it
  >> doesn't concern me at all when at work). Is the assumption that users won't have
  >> tools to build a pdf from the Sweave source?

  > Well, I just asked this question yesterday (privately to Friedrich) and have not
  > yet heard back. My inclination is to distribute the .Stex files and a .pdf file,
  > so users can attempt to generate the guide, but will have it if
  > they cannot.

Yes, and we also want to enable authors to use all features of latex,
writing portable latex files can be very limiting, because latex
installations can be very different with respect to what style files
are availailable etc.

So you should distribute both the source and the PDF. Otherwise we
would have to include latex into the list of tools that are required
for installing packages. We would also have to standardize what
"latex" really means in terms of packages, fonts, etc. ...


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