[metapost] make_text related scanning improvements

Hans Hagen j.hagen at xs4all.nl
Fri May 18 11:32:57 CEST 2018

On 5/18/2018 11:22 AM, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Hi,
>> On 18 May 2018, at 11:15, Hans Hagen <j.hagen at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> changing fundamentals like this nearly always have side effects ... you cannot always know how these tools are used (for decades) ... you solve one problem and introduces a new one .. such is the world of tex / mp
> As the original ‘author’ of the reimplementation I can attest to that!
> It took half a dozen minor adjustments to the reimplementation just to make it compatible with pre-existing metapost source files, due to subtle differences between the Pascal and C handling of whitespace. I am not saying the code cannot be improved at all, but it seems likely that any changes at this point will have side-effects that break already existing metapost source files.
right, so

   btex ... etex

will stay as it is, but i'll look if

   verbatimtex ... etex

can optionally (!) deal with newlines


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