[texhax] LaTeX manual / error help [was diff...tab...]

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Tue Apr 18 10:17:52 CEST 2006

At 21:26 15.04.06, tom sgouros wrote:

>Paul Tremblay <phthenry at iglou.com> wrote:
> > Sorry to be dense, but what do you mean by the LaTeX companion? I have
> > a hard copy of *A Guide to LaTeX,* but this book has a copyright of
> > 1999.

... in original LaTeX, error help messages (appearing on input `H' after
an error message) referred to the `LaTeX manual' -- which seems to
have been Leslie Lamport's manual.

More recently, that message has added reference to the
"LaTeX Companion" as well -- so the LaTeX Project Team
seems to have thought that both of them /together/ help
with most /LaTeX2e/ problems -- while just one of them may
not suffice for all such problems.

The "Guide to LaTeX" by Kopka and ... seems to be something
different, originating from Kopka's original /German/ guide volumes
-- very helpful indeed.

Concerning error help messages however: are there any actual
installations that don't entirely abort at any error message
(`Emergency stop'), hiding that help message entirely!??
I am thinking of those old installations that offered interactive
processing as well ...


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