[texhax] Latex: dumbing down? (fwd)
will.adams at frycomm.com
Fri Aug 25 17:45:09 CEST 2006
Barbara's reply was much butter, but thought this should make it into
First, $$...$$ is deprecated (see l2tabu on CTAN for more such).
What you'd actually want to do for this is to define an environment
which temporarily redefines the setting of the equation # as
something like (\textasterisk) (assuming you're loading textcomp),
restoring the previous definition after the environment.
LaTeX is built on top of Plain, 'cause it's what was available ---
I've often wondered of creating something else on raw TeX would make
for a better environment, but given the very sturdy and well-tested
structure of Plain, think it'd take a long time and a lot of
(duplicated) effort to get something useful. Ideally anything in
LaTeX is re-defined using Plain TeX in terms of LaTeX primitives
which are then used for creating the balance of LaTeX (this sort of
thing will get better w/ LaTeX3).
And there's nothing innately wrong w/ using a \def when the situation
calls for it --- but it's also very nice to be able to be able to use
LaTeX's ability to define macros w/ starred versions and optional
That said, Achim Blumensath's ANT (Ant is Not TeX) looks very useful
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