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

Duncan Murdoch murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Fri Mar 5 21:41:30 CET 2021

On 05/03/2021 2:40 p.m., Henrik Bengtsson wrote:
> 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,

What is your reasoning for this?  As a former R Core member, I would say 
the reasons for something to be added to base R are:

  - it's generally useful
  - it doesn't have a lot of dependencies
  - it doesn't work as well in a contributed package

The first two conditions seem to be met, but what's wrong with leaving 
it in R.rsp? Would something in base R be simplified by having this there?


  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,
> Henrik
> 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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