Taco Hoekwater wrote:

basically you want to follow a shape; this is not that hard to implement so i can have a look at it; lettrines is then an instance of it

Lettrine is easier than that, actually. I thought this would be quite funny, so here is a brand new module called t-lettri.tex, and an example.

ah, nice, so, lettrines only does a slanted shape?

i played a bit with shapes last night and will probably add something to the drop macros, and probably also move the code to core-fnt; but it will be a bit more complex and take some more time; it's a good testbed for playing with things like glyph shape similarity and such; also, proper alignment is an issue.

(i attached supp-fu3.tex, no production code, just for fun)

concerning your module, maybe we should introduce a new category of modules, e.g. c-lettrines.tex with x meaning 'converted'; we can then collect them in another zip;

remark 1:

\sbox is already definined and in use,

i remember someone telling me that this \hbox{{#1}} stuff is needed to satisfy latex's color mechanism, but that's not needed in context, so a simple


is not only even more efficient in terms of tokens and performance (unnoticable) but also does not clash with the core macro.

remark 2:

auto-lettrines (dropcaps etc) are kind of complex in the sense that it's not trivial to pick up the first 'something' in a paragraph in a robust way [we may want some extension to tex for that (so we have something to discuss during our trip to eurotex -)


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