[texhax] problems with tabu 2.8

jtzzaa11-texhax1 at yahoo.com jtzzaa11-texhax1 at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 27 11:02:34 CEST 2011

Hi All,

I'm hoping some of the tex experts here could help solve problems with the tabu package (v 2.8).

1. I'm using the "at" package (http://ctan.org/pkg/at) to define abbreviations for some commands.
I've defined @bt for \begin{tabu}, and @et for \end{tabu}.
However, even this simple code fails:

@bt {l l}
a & b    \\
@et

and returns the error message:
! Missing $inserted. <inserted text>$

It is working fine with tabu v. 1.4

2. I'm trying to colour rows with an alternating colour using \taburowcolors, but it doesn't work.
Here is a minimal code:

\taburowcolors [1] 2 {white .. gray}
\begin{tabu} {l l}
a & b    \\
c & d    \\
\end{tabu}

but the output is just black letters on a white background. Also, tabu 2.8 also doesn't work colortab.

Any ideas how to solve these two issues?.

TIA,
Joel.