[OS X TeX] bibtex syntax defintion

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Aug 18 02:25:01 CEST 2005

On Aug 17, 2005, at 6:57 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 18 août 05 à 01:32, Herbert Schulz a écrit :
>> Only a wild guess... is there anything that is changing the  
>> catcode of T so it isn't a normal character? That would terminate  
>> the command after the \E. Sounds rather weird.
> Oh yes: at the beginning of bibtex.tex you can find code changing  
> the catcode of E:
> % Note: WEAVE will typeset an upper-case `E' in a PASCAL identifier a
> % bit strangely so that the `TeX' in the name of this program is  
> typeset
> % correctly; if this becomes a problem remove these three lines to get
> % normal upper-case `E's in PASCAL identifiers
> \def\drop{\kern-.1667em\lower.5ex\hbox{E}\kern-.125em} % middle of TeX
> \catcode`E=13 \uppercase{\def E{e}}
> \def\\#1{\hbox{\let E=\drop\it#1\/\kern.05em}} % italic type for  
> identifiers
> Comment out these lines, then bibtex.tex typesets OK.
> Thus it seems the documented code of BibTeX, written in February  
> 1988, was never meant to work with the current version of  
> webmac.tex, apparently dating back to September 1990!
> Bruno


Almost right on my guess! How strange.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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