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Sounds the widest - but actually PS needs fonts.No, really not by hand, never, please, use
weaveand get the description of the pascal from the TeX sources, then you will understand what I am saying. The translation is not the source of bloat.
TeX is good, very good, no rewrite is necessary. But it would be nice if someone write an alternative, a new typography program, and the best would be to generate postscript directly.
echo 'This is a test of Hello World \bye' > test.tex
pdftex --output-format=dvi test.tex
Output written on test.dvi (1 page, 244 bytes).
This is dvips(k) 5.996 Copyright 2016 Radical Eye Software (www.radicaleye.com)
' TeX output 2019.02.08:1849' -> test.ps
du -hs test.ps
This PS file is quite large actually.