[texhax] inconsistency between pdftex and tex

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Oct 17 18:12:46 CEST 2003

> P.S. The simplest form of the wording that I can find
> is in Don's "TeX.web", where he writes :
> "[T]he official name `\TeX' by itself is reserved
>  for software systems that are fully compatible with each other.
>  A special test suite called the ``\.{TRIP} test'' is available for
>  helping to determine whether a particular implementation deserves to be
>  known as `\TeX' [cf.~Stanford Computer Science report CS1027,
>  November 1984]."
> I would argue (indeed, I do!) that the key phrase here is
> "software systems that are fully compatible with each other";
> by deliberately interpreting a leading comment as a pragmat,
> the software earlier cited is behaving in a manner which is
> /not/ compatible with Knuth's reference version, and therefore
> should not be called "TeX".

which is why it the behaviour is not enabled by default.

i've had enough of this; i shan't bother to reply again ... i have
things to do _helping_ tex users rather than picking nits about
facilities that many users originally clamoured for.


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