TeX for the Impatient by Paul W. Abrahams

By Paul W. Abrahams

TEX, a software program process created by means of Donald E. Knuth, units the traditional for typesetting in arithmetic, technology, and engineering. "TEX for the Impatient" is a guide that arose from the necessity to aid technical writers research TEX extra fast -- and as soon as having realized it, to discover speedy solutions to universal questions. transparent, concise, and available, this publication is prepared for simple retrieval of knowledge, completely listed, and thoroughly designed for studying by way of instance.

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Ank where i, j, . . , k take on all possible values between 1 and n, and the sign of the product is + if the sequence i, j, . . , k is an even permutation and − otherwise. m. No 59 TEX for the Impatient Example 9: Typesetting mathematics 39 \xmpheader 9/{Typesetting mathematics}% see p. $ terms: $$\sum\>(\pm)\>a_{1i}a_{2j} \ldots a_{nk}$$ % The \> above produces a medium space. where $i$, $j$, \dots,~$k$\/ take on all possible values between $1$ and $n$, and the sign of the product is $+$ if the sequence $i$, $j$, \dots,~$k$\/ is an even permutation and $-$ otherwise.

You aren’t restricted to using the Computer Modern fonts that come with \TeX. Other fonts are available from many sources, and you may prefer them. For instance, we’ve set this page in 10-point Palatino Roman. Palatino was designed by Hermann Zapf, considered to be one of the greatest type designers of the twentieth century. This page will give you some idea of what it looks like. Fonts can be provided either as outlines or as bitmaps. An outline font describes the shapes of the characters, while a bitmap font specifies each pixel (dot) that makes up each character.

To define an active character, you should first use the \catcode command (p. 251) to make it active and then provide the definition of the character, using a command such as \def, \let, or \chardef. The definition of an active character has the same form as the definition of a control sequence. If you try to define the macro for an active character before you make the character active, TEX will complain about a missing control sequence. For example, the tilde character (~) is defined as an active character in plain TEX.

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