[texhax] help with programming LaTeX
will.adams at frycomm.com
Fri Nov 24 16:15:42 CET 2006
On Nov 22, 2006, at 11:49 PM, fbe2 wrote:
> I need some tutorial or some book on programming LaTeX. When you
> 'Programming Latex' you get books on *using* Latex, which I don't
> I need to know the nuts and bolts of things like how to write a
> But none of the books really go into this in depth. (why is that?).
This comes up fairly regularly.
The short answer is LaTeX is itself developed in Plain TeX, so Plain
TeX tutorials such as _TeX for the Impatient_ ( http://www.tug.org/
ftp/tex/impatient/book.pdf ) or Victor Eijkhout's _TeX by Topic_
( http://www.eijkhout.net/tbt/ ).
The longer answer is LaTeX has itself developed a programming style /
methodology which is-as-yet only partially documented. There's some
A typeset version of LaTeX's source2e.ltx is quite the tome, and I've
often wondered what the short list of things one would need to read /
know / understand before being able to read it would be. One might
suggest using CTAN as a primer, but often expediency triumphs good
programming practice there, so arguably there needs to be some
filtering on that in choosing didactic materials.
senior graphic designer
This email message and any files transmitted with it contain information
which is confidential and intended only for the addressee(s). If you are
not the intended recipient(s), any usage, dissemination, disclosure, or
action taken in reliance on it is prohibited. The reliability of this
method of communication cannot be guaranteed. Email can be intercepted,
corrupted, delayed, incompletely transmitted, virus-laden, or otherwise
affected during transmission. Reasonable steps have been taken to reduce
the risk of viruses, but we cannot accept liability for damage sustained
as a result of this message. If you have received this message in error,
please immediately delete it and all copies of it and notify the sender.
More information about the texhax