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Re: [skribilo-users] Plans for the Future

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [skribilo-users] Plans for the Future
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:35:47 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Karl,

Karl Winterling <address@hidden> writes:

> I've been aware of Skribilo for about a year now and I think that the
> whole concept behind it is awesome.

Heh, cool.  ;-)

> However, there are a few shortcomings I've noticed. Most notably, it
> seems hard to get Guile running on Windows (which raises portability
> concerns)

I think we (I’m a Guile co-maintainer) are doing our best to keep Guile
running on Windows, MinGW to be precise.  If you encounter any problem
building it or using it on MinGW, then that’s probably a bug that ought
to be reported to address@hidden

> and equation formatting seems underdeveloped.

That’s true.  Particularly, there ought to be a TeX back-end, and
probably a MathML back-end too.  The Lout back-end for equations
basically works but rendering could surely be improved (which also
implies work on the Lout side).

> It would be great if Skribilo evolved into some modular scientific
> office suite Scheme library with a type of structured WYSIWYM editor
> (like GNU TeXmacs) with math support.

The ‘TODO’ file contains “Write a nice GUI based on Andy's STexi
browser”, which refers to this: .  That would provide a nice
viewer; one could imagine augmenting it so that it becomes a LyX-like
editor, but that’s not on my to-do list.

BTW I’ve been quite inactive on Skribilo for some time, the reason being
that my spare time is currently largely dedicated to the forthcoming
Guile 2.0 (see for
the latest announcement).  I’ve started “porting” Skribilo to Guile 1.9,
which I’m hoping to finalize “soon”.

I also need to look at Klaus’ bug.  ;-)


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