[XeTeX] XeTeX in lshort

Keith J. Schultz keithjschultz at web.de
Mon Oct 4 23:44:01 CEST 2010

O.K. I am can not remember where I got the part where TeX was based on 
SGML. Maybe, I have the context wrong maybe it was LaTeX. It was somewhere
in the depths of CTAN, though.


Am 04.10.2010 um 19:13 schrieb maxwell:

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> On Mon, 4 Oct 2010 06:22:13 -0700 (PDT), Apostolos Syropoulos
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> [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
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