[texhax] do British LaTeX macros exist?

Brian {Hamilton Kelly} B.Hamilton.Kelly at rmcs.cranfield.ac.uk
Tue Jun 17 18:23:23 CEST 2003

Sam Halliday wrote:
> hi there,
> i would like to be able to use British-spelt LaTeX macros instead of the
> American english ones, e.g.
>  \begin{itemise} -> \begin{itemize}
>  \begin{centre}  -> \begin{center}
> and many more i can't even think of. has anyone written such a set of
> macros, or must i define them myself?

WHY would you want to do that?  Its only advantage would be to you as the
author in not having to remember to write the AmerEnglish version of these
words.  However, so far as the resultant document is concerned, there would
not be the slightest discernible difference.  Furthermore, you would lose
the ability readily to interchange the source TeX file with potential
collaborators if you ever found the need to create a joint paper, or perhaps
to publish documentation along with other work of yours.

One sometimes sees people "making a stand for BrEnglish" in e-mail, having
set up their mailers to create an "Organisation:" header.  However, since
RFC-2822 only defines the spelling "Organization", such additional headers
are merely risible and convey no useful information.

Brian {HK}

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