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Re: @smallbook and friends

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: @smallbook and friends
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 20:24:27 +0300

> From: Stephen Gildea <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 10:46:46 -0400
> I see your point about the convenience of automatically sizing the font,
> and I originally thought about having @sizedexample compute the
> parameter for you.

This seems to be a bit academic, since Karl says doing this would be
very hard if not impossible, but I'd like to make my intent clear, for
the unlikely case that someone will come up with a feasible solution.

> But I think that could be a little too automatic.  It could lead to a
> document where every example is at a slightly different size--ugh.

If we use only a small number of distinct sizes, the probability of
this is very small, I think.

> It is probably better to give the author more control and make
> authors think a bit about what they are asking for.

Sure, but some might find the task not very easy.  I'm guessing that
many Texinfo users don't know enough about TeX and Metafont to compute
a font size that would prevent overfull hboxes for a given line
length.  (I'm one of those unfortunates.)

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