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Re: What to do when the LaTeX sources are missing, but an XML equivalent was rewritten from scratch ?

Hi Jörg,

On Mo, 19 Nov 2007, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
> > - the source is present, no freedom is taken: The document is present,
> >   the source code.
> > - the pdf can be regenerated albeit with minor quality.
> Thats different to "relies on not-available fonts".
> Relies == cant be build without them.

Recreating the exact same pdf (modulo creation date etc) relies on these
fonts. Recreating the same document with different fonts, and thus with
different layout and appearance is possible.

> > - shipping the higher quality document helps the user more than shipping
> >   a lower quality document
> > Is this something which would be accepted?
> Not if I can somehow detect it.
> main is pretty simply defined as
> "must not require a package outside of main for compilation or execution
> (thus, the package must not declare a "Depends", "Recommends", or
> "Build-Depends" relationship on a non-main package),"

Neither of this is hurt AFAIS. Compilation can be done, execution
(viewing) can be done (the fonts are subsetted into the pdf files, so no
need for them to be installed).

Removing the high-quality doc would only take away an option of the

Take for example a document providing a showcase of fonts for math. It
includes about a dozen of free fonts and commercial fonts. The user can
view the source code, can view the pre-made pdf and choose what he
wants, he can reuse the code in the document for other docs or tests or

Best wishes


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