[texhax] "@" : vowel or glottal stop ? (was : Some puzzling TeX)

Arno Trautmann Arno.Trautmann at gmx.de
Wed Feb 23 22:12:10 CET 2011

Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2011-02-23 at 21:18:29 +0100, Arno Trautmann wrote:
>  > Hi all,
>  > 
>  > would it be possible for one of you to turn this whole @-discussion into
>  > a TUGboat article? I always wondered about the meaning of all the @s in
>  > the code and it would be nice to get an overview over the things
>  > discussed here. (I won't have time to write until april, otherwise I
>  > would try it.)
> Hi Arno,
> it seems that the @s lack a well defined meaning.  They are used quite
> arbitrarily and different authors have different conventions.  Or did
> you recognize any rules?

No, I didn't. Therefore I hoped you did ;)
Of course everyone can use it the way s/he wants, but I was thinking of
only the plain or LaTeX kernel. Is it so arbitrarily in that code, too?


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