[texhax] How to do the following ?

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Thu Oct 5 02:49:21 CEST 2006

Please, can we agree on one list for this?

2006/10/5, Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> opaque \InputIfFileExists macro.  Which do you think will
> teach H more : a Plain TeX solution with nothing
> hidden other than the trivial \newread, or a reference to
> a pre-baked macro which may do everything he needs but which
> teaches him nothing ?

I'll bite: A solution for LaTeX users. LaTeX users know nothing about
streams and they are happy with that. They want things to just work
and not to learn the innards of TeX. And they want high-level
solutions. \usepackage[bar]{foo} ist highly preferred from multiline
plain commands.


PS: If you ever get around reading Lamports book on LaTeX, please read
the appendix on using plain commands.

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