[texhax] learning tex vs latex
will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Nov 2 13:40:04 CET 2009
On Oct 30, 2009, at 10:41 AM, bill lam wrote:
> Are various typesetting rules for typography already
> meant to be in-built inside Tex (binary) or Plain Tex format?
Some are. c.f. \frenchspacing but Plain TeX affords so little in the
way of formatting that much is left to the user --- that's why Knuth
has manmac and the eplain macros were created --- there're a number of
other such macros as well.
Examining the difficulties w/ up-dating _TeX for the Impatient_
affords an interesting insight into how much of a success LaTeX is and
how well it has adapted to contemporary expectations for publishing.
> Or it
> is only the Latex format provides such help.
LaTeX provides more of a thorough formatting treatment and more
There're various efforts to expand on this, c.f., Peter Wilson's
memoir package for U.S. standards, and Koma script for European. List
of such classes here:
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