[texhax] How to convert Digital Research TEX Text Formater files to plainTeX
cummip at gmail.com
Sat May 16 02:35:51 CEST 2015
On 5/15/2015 7:43 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2015-05-15 at 15:03:20 +0200, Martin Schröder wrote:
> > 2015-05-15 14:44 GMT+02:00 Peter Cumminsky <cummip at gmail.com>:
> >> Unfortunately, it's not a variant of roff, it's TeX for CP/M by
> >> Digital Research. As I said I have the manual for DR's TEX,
> >> here's a quote from the
> >> title page:
> >> "The "TEX User's Guide" was prepared using the
> >> TEX Text Formatter."
> >> and trademark paragraph:
> >> "The names CP/M, SID, MAC, TEX, and Digital
> >> Research are trademarks of Digital Research."
> >> It's just one of the infinite varieties of commercialized TeX put
> >> out in the late 70's (1978 in this case) by various and sundry
> >> vendors.
> > http://maben.homeip.net/static/S100/software/DRI/tex%20formatter/TEX%20Text%20Formatter%20CPM.pdf
> > I seriously doubt that this program shares anything with DEK's TeX
> > aside from the three letters of the name.
> Absolutely correct, Martin. Here is the definite answer:
> Donald E. Knuth, "Digital Typography", footnote on page 27.
> | \TeX\ has no connection with a similar-named system recently
> | announced by Honeywell Information Systems, or with another one
> | developed by Digital Research. In my language the T, E, and X are
> | Greek letters and \TeX\ is pronounced "tech", following the Greek
> | words for art and technology.
> Thus, Peter, there is no "TeX for CP/M". This one is called "TEX".
> I never expected that a slightly different spelling leads to so much
Oh well, I'm just going to give up on this project for now I guess. I
did try TR2LEX (tr2latex on my GnuWin installation) and it gave up after
the first half-dozen errors on the dot-commands. Maybe I'll try
substitution/macros in roff/troff/goff when I come back to this. Thanks
for the info guys, ancient computer stuff is never simple.
| Peter Cumminsky <cummip at gmail.com>
| "In the future, everyone will have their own boring home
| page." - Andy Warhol overheard chatting with Nico, 1967
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