[latexrefman] \@var{some-name}

Vincent Belaïche vincent.belaiche at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 08:31:24 CEST 2021

OK, I made some change on the English version to make this right.
Double checking my English is welcome.

Le mer. 11 août 2021 à 00:08, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> a écrit :
>     I suggest that we do it consistently throughout the manual.
>     We say something like \@var{some-name} has to be a control sequence
>     and begins with a \ in normal circumstances.
> I fully agree, FWIW.
> (What's irritating to me is that \setcounter (and others?) names do not
> use a backslash.)
>     Maybe the we should have  some node to define what a control sequence
>     is, and say that any catcode 0 character does the job, not only \,
>     [...]
>     Node \makeatletter could refer to this node.
> I think \makeatletter could refer to plain TeX documentation for catcode
> details. Catcodes are not directly relevant to people working in
> LaTeX. The current \makeatletter text (written by Jim I think) seems
> pretty good at walking this line to me.
>     alphabetic control sequence
> A phrase that predates my work on the manual.
> I don't know about LaTeX, but the terminology in plain TeX is
> "control word" for alphabetic, "control symbol" for non-alphabetic,
> and "control sequence" generically. I also don't think "control
> character" is a good term.
> FWIW, striving for perfect consistency of all of these rather deeply
> technical issues seems way less important to me than adding new content
> for missing commands (of which there are many). --best, karl.

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