# Older blog entries for karlberry (starting at number 217)

Made TUGboat 31:1 fully available publicly, being a year since publication as usual.
TeX Live pretest started, most platforms have the new binaries already.
Last night's was the final build for tlnet of TL'10. Pretests coming soonly ...
I expect either tonight's or tomorrow night's build will be last for
TeX Live 2010.
Gotta freeze tlnet updates so we can start checking in new binaries and
start the TL'11 pretest.

Belatedly discovered that removing trailing whitespace with s/\s*$// instead of s/\s+$// was costing a full second of runtime every time the texlive.tlpdb file was read (about 50% of the read time). Furthermore, we apparently don't need to remove trailing whitespace at all (more savings). Unless I'm missing something obvious, this should be a nice fix for the 2011 release :).

Uploaded next TUGboat (issue #100) to the printer. Always such a nice feeling to ship another one. Now, back to TL testing & doc.

I sent these ideas for url.sty to Don Arseneau a few days ago. While awaiting his reply, though I'd post here too.

1. It seems like & should be a special character, since it's one of the url separators. If you think it's too late to add it by default, we could at least have an option like [amp] to turn it on. What I did for now was just:


\let\saveurlbreaks=\UrlBreaks
\def\UrlBreaks{\do\&\saveurlbreaks}


2. I often find myself needing to explicitly force a line break instead a url. I've used ! for this. Another option, like [bangnewline] or something? I can't think of a good way to make the special character configurable, or to do it on a per-url basis, either of which would probably be better. What I did for now:


\mathcode\!="8000
\let\saveurlspecials=\UrlSpecials
\def\UrlSpecials{\do\!{\newline}\saveurlspecials}


3. Sometimes I find myself wanting to allow stretchy glue around / characters (only) to help with justification, etc. In practice it's proven too much to allow glue around any of the other usual characters. Unfortunately this now allows a line break between the slashes of http://, but again, nothing obvious came to mind for dealing with that :(.


\mathcode\/="8000 % space around /'s.
\def\Urlspaceyslash{%
\mskip\Urlslashmuskip
\mathbin{\hbox{/}}% need text / to avoid recursion
\mskip\Urlslashmuskip}
\let\saveurlspecials=\UrlSpecials
\def\UrlSpecials{\do\/{\Urlspaceyslash}\saveurlspecials}


4. Finally, the documentation is evidently stale. It refers to \Url@do, which I do not see defined. If you like I can work up some updates. (Now that we have url.tex, do we need to keep up the documentation in url.sty? I'd be inclined to remove it instead of maintaining it twice, personally ...)

TUG election results are posted; as usual, no need for a ballot (yay). Welcome Taco Hoekwater and Michael Doob as incoming directors, and Steve Peter as incoming president (new terms will start as of TUG 2011). I'm stepping back to a director position.

So today is the FSF's Day Against DRM.

I just wish some megacorporation would realize there is a market for DRM-free ebooks and the like, and offer an alternative. At least, I have to hope that people would choose books they can loan to friends, etc., given the choice.

Started trial TL builds. Seems to be going ok.

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