[texhax] tex

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Mon Feb 21 19:28:08 CET 2005

Just wanted to touch on a few points which Reinhard and Karl may've 
assumed... but I think are worth specific mention:

  - there's a lot of documentation already available, and one should 
read it first. In particular your question seems to indicate you 
missed, ``LaTeX2e for class and package  writers'' which should be 
available in your tex distribution and also from 

In general, there's a lot at http://www.latex-project.org/guides/ which 
you should read if you've not already.

Tracking the LaTeX3 project would be especially worthwhile, since one 
of its focuses is improving the interface for macro writing, so 
especially look up recent articles on it in http://www.tug.org/tugboat

Many packages on CTAN have excellent commented code (the .dtx format 
Karl referred to) and should be reviewed (and as Karl and Reinhard 
suggested you may find something already on CTAN which meets your 
needs) --- there are a couple of ``toolkit'' macro packages which may 
be of use to you regardless.


William Adams, publishing specialist
voice - 717-731-6707 | Fax - 717-731-6708

More information about the texhax mailing list