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

Hi,

Frank Küster wrote:
> 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...".

I retry:

Package name : latex-compile
Description  : easy compiling of complexe (and simple) LaTeX documents
This package provides several tools that aim to simplify the
compilation of LaTeX documents :
.
LaTeX.mk: a make(1) snippets to help compiling LaTeX documents in
DVI, PDF, PS, ... format. Dependencies are automatically tracked : one
should be able to compile documents with a one-line Makefile
containing 'include LaTeX.mk'. Complexe documents (with multiple
bibliographies, indexes, glossaries, ...) should be correctly managed.
.
figlatex.sty: a LaTeX package to easily insert xfig figures (with
\includegraphics{file.fig}). It can interact with LaTeX.mk so that the
latter automatically invokes transfig if needed.
.
And various helper tools for LaTeX.mk
.
Homepage: http://gforge.inria.fr/projects/latex-utils/

>> -----------------
>> 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?

Does the new description answer correctly the question ?

>>   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
> content...

Thank for your comments. I am waiting for the next ones (from you or
others) ;-)

> Regards, Frank

Best regards,
Vincent