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drowsy
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Getting infinite page length for on-screen viewing

Postby drowsy » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:40 am

Hi,

is it possible to prepare a document for on-screen viewing with
infinite page length? Clearly you do not need the concept
of "pages" if you are not going to print the document. Text width
is all that matters.

It will even look better since TeX will not have any issues with text not filling pages nicely.

josephwright
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Postby josephwright » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:20 am

No. TeX has a maximum page length based on the maximum dimensions it will handle. It is long (several feet, I think), but finite.
Joseph Wright

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Postby phi » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:36 pm

Printing is the primary intent of TeX. If you want an on-screen document, use HTML.

drowsy
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Postby drowsy » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:13 pm

I disagree. TeX was initially designed to be for printing,
look at it now. Hyperlinks, embedded movies, javascript, buttons and fillable forms.

Too bad linux pdf viewers do not suppport javascript yet :(

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Postby josephwright » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:19 pm

Yes, you can do many on-line things with TeX. However, it is still best applied to items which have some kind of page-like structure. So on-line presentations, etc., work well but not long structureless documents.
Joseph Wright


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