[texhax] MS Word & Mathtype to TeX

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk
Wed Dec 21 01:11:53 CET 2011

Philipp Stephani wrote:

> Have you ever tested what actually happens when you type "latex"? Of
> course a simple "latex filename.tex" works as expected.

"as expected" is in the eye of the beholder.  One /might/
expect the following to throw an error :

\documentclass {minimal}
\begin {document}
\message {\meaning \marks}
\marks 255 {}
\end {document}

but it does not; instead it says :

C:\Documents and Settings\Censored>latex untitled-3.tex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.11 (Web2C 2010)
  restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2009/09/24>
Babel <v3.8l> and hyphenation patterns for (misc. langs) loaded.
Document Class: minimal 2001/05/25 Standard LaTeX minimal class
) (./untitled-3.aux) \marks (./untitled-3.aux) )
No pages of output.
Transcript written on untitled-3.log.

and the key lies in "entering extended mode".  This is
not LaTeX with TeX as its kernel but with e-TeX as its
kernel; a good thing, surely, but not necessarily "as

Philip Taylor

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