[tex-eplain] hyphenation patterns in plain TeX

Daniel Luecking luecking at uark.edu
Wed Aug 19 03:39:14 CEST 2009

> Babel would still be interesting if the other settings it makes were
> useful for Eplain, e.g., "Chap\^itre" vs. "Chapter".  I'm not sure if
> anything else it does is really relevant to (e)plain users, but I 
> guessit could be in theory.  I'm also not sure if those 
> multilingual "name"
> macros are even accessible through bplain.
> Did you run across anything like that in your experiments?

No, I spent all my time getting \selectlanguage to behave.

As I recall, things like \chaptername and \appendixname
are taken care of by babel, but are not all that relevant in 
eplain (unless a user wants to make use of them). 

What is probably more relevant is the language hook (e.g., 
\captionsportuges, etc.) which is run when a language 
selection is made. However the macro \addto, for putting 
code in the hook, seems to be undefined after my minimal 
code. It is, however, easy enough to define.

A quick test with the code I posted shows that 
\chaptername is undefined until \selectlanguage is 
used. Then, it becomes defined for the relevant 
language. After inputting <lang>.ldf, \captions<lang>
is define and contains a variety of such things.

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University of Arkansas
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