SGML: Jade TeX backend

Jade TeX backend

From Fri May  9 07:35:41 1997
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 13:32:23 +0100 (BST)
From: Sebastian Rahtz <>
Subject: Jade TeX backend


I mentioned a week or so ago that contained a PDF of
the DSSSL standard, produced by TeX directly writing PDF. I have
recently updated that, and jadetex itself, if people are
interested.  Jadetex now works, so far as I am concerned, for average
documents, with the following caveats:

 - tables are very weak indeed
 - handling all the ISO entities isnt complete, and in some cases i
    have tipped in code from Elsevier packages, which means it wont
    work for you. sorry about that, i will clean in due course to use
    public packages
 - i have my doubts that the breaking rules are working correctly
I note all this because I have just sent off a CD-ROM for pressing
which contains pdftex and jadetex in the state described above.  All
members of the TeX Users Group will receive this CD next month, and
others are free to buy it at a small
cost. contains details (not updated
to reflect the final version yet)

If you get this CDROM, on a Linux box life is as a simple as once

 mount /cdrom
 export PATH=/cdrom/bin/i386-linux:$PATH

and then

 jade -t tex -d foo.dsl foo.sgm
 jadetexpdf foo.tex
 acroread foo.pdf

and there is your DSSSL output. Yes, the CD ROM has Win32 binaries for
TeX etc (though not Jade itself, i just threw that on the other day
for Linux and Sparc Solaris 2.5 for my own benefit)

Sebastian Rahtz


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