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Re: Bug#358695: ITP: latex-utils -- utilities for LaTeX/xfig

Hi Vincent, hi d-d,

Vincent Danjean <Vincent.Danjean@ens-lyon.org> wrote:

> * Package name    : latex-utils
>   Description     : utilities for LaTeX/xfig

I think the package name is unfortunate, and the short description
doesn't help much.  "latex-utils" could just as well be a collection of
nifty LaTeX style files, or something that aids in editing/index
generation/whatever.  The short description doesn't help much here.

>  This package provides a Makefile to compile LaTeX documents (in ps or pdf),
>  latex packages to easily include xfig figures in LaTeX documents and various
>  scripts help the Makefile to correctly and easily handle its job.
>  .
>  One great interrest of this package is that it automatically track most of the
>  dependencies of the LaTeX document. We should just have to create a Makefile
>  with the single line 'include LaTeX.mk'
>  .
>  Homepage: http://gforge.inria.fr/projects/latex-utils/

>From this long description, it isn't clear to me whether the "integrate
xfig more easily" functionality or the LaTeX.mk functionality is the
core of the package.  Besides, I think the "we should have to" sounds
weird in english, I'd rather use "One can...".

> Additional notes:
> -----------------
> This software differs from latex-mk (that has recently enter the debian
> archive) in two points :
> 1) it allows to easily manage .fig files from latex documents
>   (ie \includegrpahics{foo.fig})

I rarely use xfig - now this sounds as if the package would indeed
include LaTeX macros, or can I use \includegraphics with *.fig files
with standard LaTeX?

>   I would appreciate any help to improve my description as I am not a
> native english speaker.

Me neither, but still willing to help - but we should first clear up the

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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