[texhax] syllabus (fwd)

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Oct 1 11:17:51 CEST 2004

Robin Fairbairns wrote:


> the typeset documented source, with indexes, comes to something in the
> order of 700pp of a4.  a convenient summing-up might be "they're
> pretty complicated".  which really isn't enough; learning tex is a
> good precursor of learning how to duplicate the functionality of
> latex, but latex has a lot of useful structures embedded in it that
> are useful stuff for the knowledgeable programmer.

There is another way of looking at this : LaTeX carries with it
an enormous amount of "excess baggage" which most users neither
need nor understand.  I have yet to find anything which LaTeX
can do that cannot be done using Plain TeX plus additional
(custom) macros created specifically for the task in hand.

Philip Taylor

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