[tex-eplain] Misc questions (probably FAQs)

D. Michael McFarland dmmcf@uiuc.edu
03 Jul 2001 18:43:18 -0500

Dear List Members,

    Lately I find I'm intrigued by eplain as a possible alternative to
LaTeX.  Previously, this mood has always passed in a day or two :),
but this time I find I can't quite put the docs away and resume typing
\documentclass....  I _think_ I know what I'd be getting into (I
started out with plain TeX + amstex some years ago, then switched to
LaTeX when amsmath came along), but there are a few areas in which I'd
like to do some more reading before converting a current document as a
test case.  I've scanned the mailing list archives and picked up some
hints, but I would still appreciate any pointers you could provide on
the following topics.

        * The status of amstex

        * Inclusion of PDF graphics (I gather epsf.tex is the best way
          to include EPS)

        * Use of natbib with eplain

        * Table macros and rules

        * Use of non-CMR PS fonts (e.g., the equivalent of pslatex)

        * Hyperlinks in PDF output (from pdftex)

        * "Subequation" numbering (e.g., (1), (2a), (2b), (3))

        * Emacs modes friendly to eplain

    Hm.  That's a longer list than I expected to come up with; I
didn't intend to ask for the moon in this message.  And I realize most
of these points are not specific to eplain.  But perhaps some of you
can spare a moment to tell me what works for you and where I can read
about it.

                              Best regards,

    D. Michael McFarland, Ph.D.
    Visiting Senior Research Scientist
    Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign