On text documents
Posted May 11, 2012 4:33 UTC (Fri) by eru
In reply to: On text documents
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(Not to mention that building TeX requires implementations of at least two language dialects (WEB and \ph) which aren't used for anything else on any modern system; it's easier to make an emulator for the computers that Wordperfect ran on than to make a compiler able to build TeX, although people have done both.)
Huh? Most Linux distributions provide a TeX package. I believe it is build using a portable C implementation of WEB (web2c), which is a source to source translator. So just C is required for that part. Browsing the READMEs of a recent TeX for Linux implementation (http://www.tug.org/svn/texlive/trunk/Build/) there certainly are also other dependencies for building and auxiliary programs, but that is stuff that typical Linux implementations already provide. Of course bootstrapping TeX for a very different computer and OS from scratch would be a lot of work, but at least it is possible, thanks to the good documentation of teX and its source.
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