[texhax] verbatim environment problem
John C. Wheeler
jcw at chemj2.ucsd.edu
Tue Feb 20 18:07:55 CET 2007
This seemed to work, although I don't understand why.
Just putting a space after \^ gave too much space between the caret and
jcw at chemj2.ucsd.edu
Barbara Beeton wrote:
> justin walker is trying to get the keyboard
> symbol ^ (circumflex) into a coding instruction
> in typewriter style:
> ls .[^.]*
> he got an error message about $ being added ...
> two suggestions involved math mode:
> ls .[$^$.]*
> ls .[$\uparrow$.]*
> to which i countered
> > right diagnosis, inadequate solution.
> Gee. No one's ever called me inadequate before :-}
> er, that was the solution, not the instigator.
> i wouldn't dare tack that label on someone i've
> never met. <g>
> more commentary:
> > since the ^ indicates a superscript, the first
> > suggestion will yield a complaint that it's
> > incomplete.
> I don't see the complaint in the log file. I'm using TeXShop on Mac OS X,
> and all I see is some 'underfull \hbox' babble. No other complaints.
> i'm not sure why there wasn't an error, but see below
> for justin's description of the output (pdf file was
> attached to his message, but not included here).
> i also pointed out that
> [...] the \uparrow isn't the same shape.
> and suggested a (plain tex) trick:
> ls .[\char`\^.]*
> from justin:
> This may be a simple matter of fonts, but I get the following (forgive the
> PDF in-line), where the order is as above (with your version last):
> [pdf omitted]
> To me, the 'uparrow' in the second line looks most correct. The third
> looks like a 'caret'; the first, like a lowered 'caret' on a '.'.
> Am I missing something?
> the uparrow is in the symbol font, not typewriter.
> in the first example, the circumflex appears as an
> accent since it wasn't given an empty place-marker
> so it would appear by itself.
> the third example, however, appears exactly as it
> does in my mail reader, with the exact ^ character
> as it appears in the cmtt font. admittedly, i am
> using a low-resolution monospace font for reading mail,
> since it's important for me to be able to distinguish
> input niceties like this. i suspect justin is using
> some "fancier" font, so he's not used to seeing the
> "old-fashioned" monospace teletype style.
> since justin advertises himself thusly,
> Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-At-Large
> Institute for the Absorption of Federal Funds
> i can assure him that i've practiced long and hard
> to be just as curmudgeonly as he is (just ask any
> of my colleagues on the tugboat production team!
> <g>), though i don't seem to have found such a
> reliable source of funding.
> -- bb
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