[texhax] bibtex

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Aug 17 20:00:03 CEST 2010

On Aug 17, 2010, at 12:49 PM, Paul Isambert wrote:

> Selon Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de>:
>> On 17 August 2010 Susan Dittmar wrote:
>>> Do you have any hints for me where I should start if I would like to use
>>> lualatex instead?
>> The best introduction is:
>>  http://www.inf.puc-rio.br/~roberto/pil2/
>> This book is really worth its money.  The first edition of the book
>> (describing Lua 5.0) is available online:
>>  http://www.lua.org/pil/
>> The tutorials are very helpful too:
>>  http://lua-users.org/wiki/TutorialDirectory
>> The LuaTeX manual describes LuaTeX specific extensions.
> I share Philipp and Reinhard's enthusiasm for LuaTeX and I use it everyday.
> However, sorry for the pessimism, there's no good introduction to LuaTeX yet.
> Reinhard's link is excellent indeed (and let's add the reference manual:
> http://www.lua.org/manual/5.1/), but it won't tell you how to use LuaTeX. And
> the LuaTeX manual is minimalist and not very beginner-friendly, which may be
> explained by the fact that, well, there are other things to do for the time
> being.
> To my knowledge, and I'd be very glad if anybody proved me wrong, there's only
> one way to LuaTeX for the moment, and that's the hard one. Experiment, try to
> understand, ask questions on the mailing list, and trust time. Now for a
> somewhat more cheerful note: that's what I've done, and now I'm a very happy
> LuaTeX user -- even though my general education in programming was close to zero
> (well, it's a bit better now). So it can be done.
> And I'd add that what you need to understand LuaTeX is not so much being good at
> Lua than exploring how TeX works: Lua mastery won't help if a list of nodes
> means nothing to you. (This point of view might just stem from the way I use
> LuaTeX, though.)
> Ah, and a definitive upbeat note: LuaTeX is hard, but you are more than rewarded
> using it. It's so [insert f-word here] powerful!
> Paul


I've been reading the Lua Manual and also have the Lua Reference Manual. That's all well and good but is there some manual that lists the LuaTeX hooks and, especially, examples of their use?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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