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

Duncan Murdoch murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sun Mar 7 21:18:39 CET 2021

On 06/03/2021 9:12 a.m., Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 5 March 2021 at 15:41, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> | 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?
> It feels like this is about the third time in a decade+ I have seen you two
> discuss the same issue.  Henrik advocates a fine technical solution from his
> r.rsp package, you point out that there is benefit to keeping base R smaller,
> and solutions in add-on packages.

I don't really see it as a discussion.  I believe you that it's (at 
least) the third time I've repeated the point that base R inclusions 
need more justification than "I think it belongs there" (not only to 
Henrik), but I don't recall the discussion ever continuing beyond that.

Duncan Murdoch

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