[metapost] Does MetaPost catch on?

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Thu Sep 2 23:46:09 CEST 2010

On 2-9-2010 10:10, Stephan Hennig wrote:

> Ha, ha! I really like the idea. ;-) But is MetaPost really visible
> outside TeX world so that it could indeed promote TeX? I tend to think
> it is not, unfortunately.

You hardly need any tex when dealing with metapost. For instance a 
context user can say:

   draw fullcircle scaled 10cm ;
   draw textext("\bf Some text $a =1$"}

and when processing that with "context thatfile.tex" he/she will get a 
nicely cropped pdf.

Of course when doing complex math one needs to know a few things but 
that comes with the field.

Anyhow, every system that you want to use for complex matters takes time 
to learn and not everyone needs such complex system (or wants to spend 
time on such matters).


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