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The TeX Reference Manual is the first comprehensive reference manual written by a programmer for programmers. It contains reference pages for each of TeX's 325 primitive control sequences. Over 80% of its reference pages contain examples that range from simple to challenging. Each example is typeset verbatim in a style which is easy to read and experiment with. TeX Reference Manual also just typesets the example, so you can see what it makes, and explains how the example works. The description on each primitive's reference page is an annotated discussion of The TeXbook's treatment of the primitive. That means a TeX user will find it natural to move back and forth between the two books. One of TeX Reference Manual's innovative features is families. They simplify the search for the primitive which performs a particular task.
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TeX is a software program for computerized typesetting of professional publications, such as reports and directories. This reference alphabetically lists 325 primitive control sequences, accompanied by descriptions, examples, and modes. The descriptions are annotated discussions gleaned from Knuth's . The opening chapter organizes the primitives into families and types that perform specific tasks. Closing chapters discuss macros for typesetting verbatim and two-column material, and for working with PostScript fonts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This is a good reference for people who have a bit of plain TeX under their belts, as the examples mix primitives and plain rather freelyIt is worth having in your reference library, particularly if you use plainTeX, or have to delve into TeX's innards for any reason."
(Stephen Moye, American Mathematical Society)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792376736
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 3/31/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1. Families and Primitive Control Sequences 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 The Box Family 2
1.3 The Character Family 3
1.4 The Debugging Family 4
1.5 The File I/O Family 6
1.6 The Fonts Family 7
1.7 The Glue Family 7
1.8 The Hyphenation Family 8
1.9 The Inserts Family 9
1.10 The Job Family 10
1.11 The Kern Family 11
1.12 The Logic Family 11
1.13 The Macro Family 12
1.14 The Marks Family 14
1.15 The Math Family 14
1.16 The Page Family 19
1.17 The Paragraph Family 20
1.18 The Penalties Family 22
1.19 The Registers Family 22
1.20 The Tables Family 23
Chapter 2. Reference Pages for the Primitives 25
2.1 Introduction 25
2.2 The References Pages 27
Appendix A. Typesetting Verbatim Material 337
A.1 Introduction 337
A.2 In-line Verbatim 338
A.3 Multi-line Verbatim 340
A.4 Limitations to Typesetting Verbatim Material 343
A.5 Automatic Line Numbering and Verbatim 347
Appendix B. Working with PostScript Fonts 349
B.1 Introduction 349
B.2 Back-end Font Macros 351
B.3 Font File Names and Encoding Vectors 356
B.4 Preparing Font Tables 362
Appendix C. Typesetting Material in Two Columns 367
C.1 Introduction 367
C.2 Two-Column Macros 367
C.3 Index Preparation 372
Bibliography 377
Index 379
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