The TeXbook

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Addison-Wesley, 1986 - Computers - 483 pages
Here is the definitive guide to the use of TeX, written by the system's creator, Donald E. Knuth. TeX represents the state of the art in computer typesetting. It is particularly valuable where the document, article, or book to be produced contains a lot of mathematics, and where the user is concerned about typographic quality. TeX software offers both writers and publishers the opportunity to produce technical text of all kinds, in an attractive form, with the speed and efficiency of a computer system. Novice and expert users alike will gain from The TeXbookthe level of information they seek. Knuth warns newcomers away from the more difficult areas, while he entices experienced users with new challenges. The novice need not learn much about TeX to prepare a simple manuscript with it. But for the preparation of more complex documents, The TeXbookcontains all the detail required. Knuth's familiar wit, and illustrations specially drawn by Duane Bibby, add a light touch to an unusually readable software manual. The TeXbookis the first in a five-volume series on Computers and Typesetting, all authored by Knuth. 0201134470B04062001

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Contents

The Name of the Game
1
Book Printing versus Ordinary Typing
3
Controlling IfeX
7
Fonts of Type
13
Grouping
19
Running TeX
23
How TfiX Reads What You Type
37
The Characters You Type
43
Definitions also called Macros
199
Making Boxes
221
Alignment
231
Output Routines
251
Summary of Vertical Mode
267
Summary of Horizontal Mode
285
Recovery from Errors
295
A Answers to All the Exercises
305

TgXs Roman Fonts
51
Dimensions
57
Boxes
63
Glue
69
Modes
85
How TgX Breaks Paragraphs into Lines
91
How TeX Makes Lines into Pages
109
Typing Math Formulas
127
More about Math
139
Fine Points of Mathematics Typing
161
Displayed Equations
185
B Basic Control Sequences
339
Character Codes
367
Dirty Tricks
373
E Example Formats
403
F Font Tables
427
G Generating Boxes from Formulas
441
H Hyphenation
449
Index
457
J Joining the TX Community
483
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

Donald E. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the Tex and Metafont systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing. Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, he currently devotes full time to the completion of these fascicles and the seven volumes to which they belong.