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I wonder if any users have thoughts about using TeX for documents that need to be editable in the future. I doubt, for instance, that I could build documents even from a few years ago:
- Packages change, develop new conflicts, etc.
- Supporting technologies change (e.g., BibLaTeX has replaced BibTeX in recent years)
For many applications, this is irrelevant. But I have some materials that I would like to update in the future. I've run into a few situations where I return to a document after a year or two, and have to spend half a day debugging the code because the packages have changed.
Is there anything that can be done to address this within TeX, or would I need to look at an alternate format?