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#================================================== -*- indented-text -*-
#
# TODO
#
# DESCRIPTION
#   TODO list for the Template Latex plugin version 3.x, containing
#   known bugs, limitations, planned enhancements, long term visions 
#   and a few whacky ideas.
#
# AUTHOR
#   Andrew Ford   <a.ford@ford-mason.co.uk>
#
#------------------------------------------------------------------------
# $Id: TODO 83 2007-10-12 23:48:30Z ford $
#========================================================================

#------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Miscellaneous
#------------------------------------------------------------------------

* check the mechanism whereby latex (or pdflatex) is re-run if the
  document contains undefined references after the first run.  Bibtex
  is re-run if undefined citations are reported by latex, and
  makeindex is run if the driver detects a ".idx" file.  If bibtex or
  makeindex are run then latex (or pdflatex) are run up to three more
  times to allow forward references to stabilize.

  This should all be coped with now but need to check on edge cases

* look at how path variables could be specified to the filter
  (TEXINPUTS, TEXINPUTS_latex, TEXINPUTS_pdflatex, BIBINPUTS, etc),
  and how these should interact with the system paths.

* get the filter working on Win32

  how does one set environment variables with command.exe?

* write unit tests for error conditions (invalid .bib file, etc)

* provide a facility for specifying pre- and post-processors,
  e.g. gnuplot, metapost, tpic or other graphics processors.  May need
  to copy data files from the source location to the temporary
  directory.

* benchmark the filter

  Note that the latex filter runs up to eight external programs, so it
  isn't very fast.  But for modest documents the performance is
  adequate, even for interactive applications.

* expand the documentation

* review the security implications of allowing templates to specify
  program paths for latex, pdflatex and dvips.

* add examples