[R-pkg-devel] Vignettes from LaTeX files.

Henrik Bengtsson henr|k@bengt@@on @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Fri Mar 5 20:40:42 CET 2021

Thank you. Glad to hear it's useful.

This plain TeX/LaTeX vignette engine is implemented using base R.  If
someone is willing to drive the efforts, I think it's not too much
work to refactor it and propose it for base R itself, where I think it
belongs, e.g. in the 'utils' package where Sweave lives, or in 'tools'
where tools::texi2dvi() lives.  The vignette engine could be called
'utils::tex', e.g. %\VignetteEngine{utils::tex}.  To me it meets the
standards for reproducible documentation from source, although,
obviously there's no 'tangle':d code output.  If we want the latter,
we're getting into literate programming, and we already have several
vignette engines for that.

Just a thought,


On Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 7:20 PM Rolf Turner <r.turner using auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
> I have now tried out building vignettes from plain LaTeX source,
> following the admirably lucid instructions provided by Henrik Bengtsson
> in:
>  https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/R.rsp/vignettes/R_packages-LaTeX_vignettes.pdf
> It all went unbelievably smoothly; no problems whatever.
> I am deeply grateful to Henrik.
> cheers,
> Rolf Turner
> --
> Honorary Research Fellow
> Department of Statistics
> University of Auckland
> Phone: +64-9-373-7599 ext. 88276

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