[OS X TeX] bibtex syntax defintion
Bruno Voisin
bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Aug 18 00:22:27 CEST 2005
Le 17 août 05 à 22:17, Michael McCracken a écrit :
> I did have some troubles getting the resulting tex file to typeset
> with my current version of TeX, possibly because it is 20 years
> old, so perhaps someone with more time or experience could help
> solve that.
The problem looks odd. bibtex.tex calls pdfwebmac.tex (with pdfTeX)
or ordwebmac.tex (otherwise), which define both several control
sequences starting with \E:
\def\E{\cdot10^} % exponent in floating point constant
\def\ET{ and~} % conjunction between two section numbers
\def\ETs{, and~} % conjunction between the last two of several
section numbers
Then, bibtex.tex uses \ETs:
280, 281, 284, 293, 294, 295, 310, 311, 313, 321, 356, 368, 373\ETs456.
But it seems with current TeX this control sequence can't be read:
TeX stops after reading \E, replaces \E by its definition \cdot^10,
and, realizing it's not in math mode, returns an error:
! Missing $ inserted.
<inserted text>
$
<to be read again>
\cdot
\E->\cdot
10^
<argument> ... 310, 311, 313, 321, 356, 368, 373\E
Ts456
\note ...ndent 2em\baselineskip 10pt\eightrm #1~#2
.\par }
l.179 ...310, 311, 313, 321, 356, 368, 373\ETs456.
What can have changed in modern TeX, that makes \ETs an invalid
control sequence?
Bruno Voisin
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