[XeTeX] XeTeX in lshort

maxwell maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu
Mon Oct 4 19:13:20 CEST 2010

10901 at googlemail.com> <099C5363-8FA4-43BD-BC2E-F981C1DA62E8 at web.de> <291385.69446.qm at web110116.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
Message-ID: <3b7d79f69c7aa8d3caf00316e53fa156 at umiacs.umd.edu>
X-Sender: maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu
User-Agent: RoundCube Webmail/0.3.1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

On Mon, 4 Oct 2010 06:22:13 -0700 (PDT), Apostolos Syropoulos
<asyropoulos at yahoo.com> wrote:
[not sure who is being quoted here:]
>>     TeX was developed as a  subset of SGML 
> TeX as a programming language is a derivative of LISP 

I'm puzzled here.  Re the '>>' line: AFAIK, TeX was developed before SGML
existed; XML is derived from SGML (not sure it's strictly a subset), maybe
that's '>>' meant to write.  

As for the '>' line, the first version of TeX was implemented in SAIL,
which was an Algol-like programming language. The current version is
written in WEB, which is a Pascal-based system + documentation; it is often
converted to C for compilation.  And TeX itself doesn't look anything like
LISP to me, but maybe I'm missing s.t.?  (Like a CAR and a CDR and...)

Can someone enlighten me/us here?

   Mike Maxwell

More information about the XeTeX mailing list