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

Don Armstrong <don <at> debian.org> writes:

> On Mon, 19 Nov 2007, Norbert Preining wrote:
> > 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.
> Then why distribute the original PDFs at all in that case? 

Because the purpose of the document is to show the differences between several
(free as well as non-free) fonts, and help the user make a choice.

> Just
> distribute the recreations. You're going to have to distribute them at
> some point if bugs in the documentation are filed, so you might as
> well just start distributing them.

Many packages have enough important bugs, plus a good relation to a quickly
reacting upstream, that this won't happen. You fix the important bugs in Debian
revisions, but wait for documentation patches to come in with a new upstream

Regards, Frank

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