[texhax] detect characters in strings
brandon at 301south.net
Thu Jul 8 02:40:00 CEST 2010
Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 7 July 2010 Brandon Kuczenski wrote:
> > At least my urgent problem is solved-- the numbers that happen to
> > come up in scientific notation are all very small and I'm now
> > replacing them with zero for the time being. [...]
> Somehow it all sounds like patchwork. Doing arithmetic in TeX is
> extremely painful.
> Please consider LuaTeX. Then you don't need a macro package in order
> to find out whether your number contains the letter "e", LuaTeX
> supports scientific notation natively. No need to replace small
> numbers with zero.
Thanks for the tip. I'm not at all familiar with LuaTeX. can you point
me towards some documentation that would assist a LaTeXer with printing
scientific data from some delimited input file? I would love native
scientific notation support. Yes, fp.sty does feel a bit like a
colossal hack. but a very impressive one.
Speaking of "painful" "patchwork," try accomplishing anything remotely
robust in MS Excel! I don't know how it became the dominant
computational tool, but it is like swimming through mud. copy-this,
paste-that, right-click, preferences dialog, edit preferences;
Douglas Adams must have been thinking about Microsoft office when he
wrote (of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation), "It is very easy to be
blinded to the essential uselessness of [their products] by the sense of
achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other
words---and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the
Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded---their fundamental design
flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws."
(so long, and thanks... chapter 35)
my good spirit persists in bald-faced defiance of an increasingly
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