[tex-k] volunteer wanted for dynamic array allocation in gftype et al.

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Tue Jan 5 00:42:06 CET 2010

If anyone would happen to like to get their hands dirty with web
code, this suggestion from DEK last year would be a fairly
straightforward thing to do.  At least to start with (dynamicizing
gftype).  For a model, this was done with some of the arrays in bibtex
(a long time ago).

If any takers, let me know ...

Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:11:47 -0700
From: Maggie McLoughlin <mam at theory.Stanford.EDU>
To: tex-k at mail.tug.org
Subject: [tex-k] note from Don Knuth

Dear TeX-Kers,

With the sources, it isn't a big deal to compile a version of gftype
that has maxrow, maxcol, and linelength increased (so that it's possible
to see all of the larger characters).

But wouldn't it be better if these parameters were dynamic?

(Of course I don't know if anybody but me still uses this lowlevel stuff.)

Cordially, Don

P.S. The above is the first of a series of suggestions, which I leave
to your imagination. We wrote the original TeXware and MFware with
various compile-time parameters.

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