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Re: [Axiom-developer] Some latex packages that may help with multiple in

From: C Y
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Some latex packages that may help with multiple individual files in books
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 10:43:57 -0700 (PDT)

--- Ralf Hemmecke <address@hidden> wrote:

> I have once tried "combine". But IIRC it only takes the
> \usepackage(s) from the first file. For the other files \usepackage
> just absorbs its argument and does nothing. So it is not a real
> solution for me.

I think there is a variable to grab additional usepackage commands from
other files, but it's not the default.  I'll look more closely.  Thanks
for the thumbs up on your combine experience Martin, that's good to

I think I can put together a reasonable test case with the sistyle?
package which formats things according to the NIST formatting rules for
units.  There will be some cases where package load order is important
and we might have to figure out something to take care of that issue,
but I would think it's doable.
> When I saw the hyperlink in endpaper.pamhlet that linked to a .dvi
> file, I tried another idea. Basically along the following lines...
> Remember I want to combine (crosslink) the documentation of different
> aldor libraries which are each by themselves consisting of several
> noweb files. I think it is doable to compile the first library
> documentation (dvi-1), then use the .aux file from that compilation
> and use it in the compilation of the second library documentation
> (dvi-2). One would still have 2 .dvi files, but if you open dvi-2 
> and click on a link that refers to something in dvi-1, then the
> dviviewer opens dvi-1 at the right page.
> As a user you would not even recognize that these are two files.
> That would be OK for me. And there would be no problem with
> \usepackage since an author could use anything she likes.

My first question is whether this would work for formats beyond dvi,
such as pdf.  Also, it doesn't seem able to produce a "printable" book
which incorporates the individual files.  For online linking it sounds

> Unfortunately, I am not very far with an implementation. What would 
> people think about such an approach?

It sounds interesting, but I think my first instinct is to see if
combine can incorporate "usepackage" commands from mulitple files.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think your idea Ralf and the combine
packages goals are slightly different - combine aimes to produce
something you could bind up and sell as a paper archive of a
conference, and your work enables intelligent hyperlinking between dvi
documents.  Am I not understanding properly?


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