Re: Encoding the name in the file contents (was Re: Towards a new LPPL draft)
Boris Veytsman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I think here is the difference between our goals.
> Our community has the following model of evolution. Any change in the
> language or API are allowed as long as the full backward compatibility
> is preserved. By the full backward compatibility I mean the following:
> Any legacy document will always either produce
> exactly same output on all systems or trigger an
> error message requesting installation (P)
> of additional components (and will compile after
> these components are installed) OR the system is not
> called LaTeX.
> In our language this requirement is NOT as big burden as in other
> languages because of the properties of the language.
See, we have a different model of evolution--one much much much longer
Our model is one that should not rely on any assumption that
*anything* will be static, because of a desire to think *long* term.
Consider if every package did what you say. Then in a few centuries,
all the names are taken. Do we want that?
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