haha seems there’s some option to use “.sty” files for styling in LaTeX! :)
* https://tug.org/pracjourn/2005-3/asknelly/nelly-sty-&-cls.pdf
* https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/91167/why-use-sty-files

What I understand so far, is that we would redefine commands in the .sty file 
and then use those commands in the generated tex output.

For example instead of directly outputing "\begin{tabular}{l|ll}” for a table, 
we would create own own and output "\begin{xwiki}{l|ll}”, with the definition 
of it in a .sty file, with some default styles applied. This would then allow 
modifying just the .sty file to control the output.

Seems great and exactly what I need. Still digging.

Also this page explains nicely the differences between LaTeX and PDF:


> On 15 Feb 2018, at 07:25, Vincent Massol <vinc...@massol.net> wrote:
> Hi Paul,
>> On 14 Feb 2018, at 23:14, Paul Libbrecht <p...@hoplahup.net> wrote:
>> Hello Vincent,
>> having some experience with TeX I would implement CSS with 
>> macro-definitions… Every element start would be a call to a macro that would 
>> check for rules that would apply to its element, including passing 
>> parameters of their ancestry.
> Could you give an example of what you mean by macro-definitions? Is this 
> something that exist in TeX?
>> However, I guess that your solution seems probably more ad hoc and more 
>> practical.
>> Is there any reason that you don’t use the XSL-FO renderer that use LaTeX? I 
>> thought there were several of them.
> Do you have a pointer? As I said in my original mail I tried to search for an 
> XHTML to LaTeX converter/XSLT but couldn’t. If you know of one, I’ll gladly 
> have a look.
> Thanks a lot!
> -Vincent
>> paul
>> On 14 Feb 2018, at 21:01, Vincent Massol wrote:
>>> Hi devs,
>>> I’m currently working on improving our TeX renderer (which is really a POC 
>>> ATM), in an effort to see if it could be used to generate nice PDF exports 
>>> (you generate LaTeX and then you convert to PDF).
>>> The main issue is that LaTeX doesn’t have any technology for applying style 
>>> to it (like CSS has for HTML). In addition I wasn’t able to find any good 
>>> HTML+CSS to TeX converter (as we have for PDFs with XSLT+FOP).
>>> So right now my idea is to implement some default behavior in the Tex 
>>> Renderer (that could be configured globally in xwiki.properties and/or in 
>>> the Admin UI) and give the ability to override specifically in the content.
>>> For example, imagine that you need to decide how to position table column 
>>> content (left, centered, right) or whether the rows and/or columns of your 
>>> table have vertical and horizontal lines (or other configs, autowrap, etc).
>>> The idea is that the Tex Renderer would support some custom tex-specific 
>>> parameters. For example:
>>> (% tex-table-spec=“c | c | c" tex-table-floating="true" 
>>> tex-table-caption="caption" %)
>>> |=A|=B
>>> (% tex-table-row-ending="\hline" %)|a|b
>>> (by default the table spec would be left aligned with vertical lines, and 
>>> rows would be separated by horizontal lines).
>>> If you have some comments or ideas, please let me know.
>>> Inventing a CSS-like mechanism would just be too hard to implement IMO.
>>> Thanks
>>> -Vincent
>>> PS: If you want to see table options in LaTeX, see 
>>> https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Tables

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