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Re: rethinking @def*

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: rethinking @def*
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 11:31:27 +0000 (UTC)

> As I try to implement @def* commands better in LaTeX output, I have
> read the TeX code and the manual in more detail, and I have come to
> the conclusion that the design of the @def* 'argument' handling is
> flawed.  [...]

While this is certainly true ...

> Here is a proposal: [...]

... I consider this a bad idea.  Whatever you are going to change, it
will be backward incompatible, causing a lot of grief.  For example,
the adjustments to document troff commands (in the groff info manual)
are quite tricky, trying very hard to overcome the various limitations
and formatting issues of `@def` and friends.

I thus strongly suggest that you implement *new* commands, say,
`@define`, `@define*`, etc., that have better semantics.


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