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Does the concatenation of two text files, which compile under tex, always compile under tex?

In other words, does the set of all text files that compile under tex form a monoid under concatenation? I have recently dabbled a bit in plain tex and my algebraic spider senses were immediately ...
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Prevent \topinsert on chapter page (Plain TeX)

How to define chapter to prevent insertion of floating figures and tables (\topinsert) on chapter page. I would like to place an object at the top of the next page. \def\chap#1{\vfil\break \vglue1cm ...
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How can branch if I'm in a halign or not?

Edit: It seems that I can use \noalign\bgroup before the \halign. That's fine. But how do I test that I'm inside the halign group? I'm able to write an own if, but it would be better to ask tex for ...
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supporting both \"u and ü

I maintain musixtex extension package musixtmr.tex that enables times text fonts. I thought I could enable accented glyphs like ü by using ptmr8r instead of ptmr7t. But this has the effect of ...
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How to use txfont in plain TeX

I'm trying to insert one font from txfont package in my plain TeX file, but I cannot understand some aspects of this font distribution. The font I would use is the txmi1; so, how can TeX use this ...
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Easy method to activate cyrplain package (CyrTeX)

I would like to have a Cyrillic version of TeX/AMSTeX. I have installed the cyrplain package, but further instructions are too long and technical for me, sometimes referring to README of other ...
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babel/plain.def : ! Illegal parameter number in definition of \@yargdef

I tried to generate plain TeX cyrillic format files using makefmts.sh script from cyrplain package, here is the content of this script: #!/bin/sh tex -ini -fmt=cyrtex -progname=tex cyrtex.ini tex ...
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Setting font in OPmac or other Plain macros

The OPmac manual explains how to set the font size and discusses the style variations \bf, \it, \em etc. but I do not see a way to set the actual font in use. I'm using XeTeX and would like to access ...
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Adjust spacing between footnotes

I am using a macro for TeX which I have received from my coauthor but she also did not know how to adjust spacing between footnotes. Here is my macro.tex % make the pageheight a bit smaller ...
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Rearranging blocks (poetry) in OTR (Plain TeX)

I have a problem that I think would best be solved by an output routine. It seems like an act of moderate TeX wizardry so before I get stuck in the weeds on a wrong approach I thought I would describe ...
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Loading system (OTF/TTF) fonts from plain TeX with LuaTeX [duplicate]

In XeTeX, I can set up a font pretty straightforwardly with: \font\foo="Minion Pro" at 10pt I don't quite see how to do it. This question suggests that the answer is "use luaotfload.sty." Is that ...
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How to replace CM fonts with ones compatible with XeTeX (in amsppt.sty)?

I would like to try to patch amsppt.sty AMSTeX style file to make it usable with XeTeX and non-Latin languages (Cyrillic). It looks like i need to replace the following CM fonts or font families with ...
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Accent i in plain TeX fails inside array loop

In Plain TeX, when I try to create an array of control sequences (\word0, \word1, etc.) and print it out using a loop, TeX stumbles over the accented-i control sequence \'{\i}. I get this error: ! ...
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Cyrillic letters and Russian hyphenation in Plain XeTeX

What is the simplest method to tell XeTeX (not XeLaTeX) to use a font with Cyrillic letters and to apply Russian hyphenation rules? Ideally i would like to not have to specify anything in the source ...
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Non-latin characters with plain TeX

What would it take to output non-latin letters (e.g. cyrillic letters) to a document using just plain TeX (i.e. without using "third-party" macro packages such as LaTeX)?
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How to design page layout in plain TeX using OPmac?

I'm trying to create a slideshow in TeX using Opmac. I need a page layout like that: And I try this code: \input opmac \chyph \margins/1 a5l (1,1,1,1.2)cm % page format \input ctimes ...
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Plain TeX `\footline` with rule and content

It seems pretty trivial to replace the footer with either content or a line in Plain TeX: \footline={\centerline{\folio}} % page number in footer \footline={\hrulefill} % rule in footer ...
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How can I use times fonts in Plain TeX?

I'd like to use Times fonts in Plain TeX. What would be the Plain-TeX equivalent of the LaTeX command \renewcommand{\rmdefault}{ptm}?
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Plain TeX section number in margin

I want to typeset the number for the section in the margin. Here's an MWE of what I'm starting from. % --- Fonts ------------------------------------------------ \font\0="Roboto Condensed Light" at ...
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From LaTeX with pdflatex to plain TeX

I've always wanted to try plain TeX instead of LaTeX. I can use plain but I'm not able to use correctly the fonts and I'm not able to use the french hyphenation. I would to know how to do this with ...
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How to input accents in PlainTeX with UTF-8 encoding?

I'm using TeX with the plain format. On my keyboard there is the 'è' character (as well as é, ò, à, ù, ì). I'd like to make it work so that, when put è in the input file, TeX transforms it into \`e, ...
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TeX question: how to switch between languages?

I am using TeX, with the macro package AmS-TeX. I'd like to use it with the Italian language, so that words are hyphenated the right way (e.g. the Italian word 'distante' should be broken as ...
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Plain XeTeX cyrillic font [duplicate]

I am using XeTeX and love it very much. When I use helatex, I have no problems at all. But I want to try do it «True Way»: plainTex. XeTeX takes all annoyance with unicode from me, but sample like ...
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Underline omitting the descenders with Plain TeX

I'm reading this question Underline Omitting the Descenders and wondering if there is a way to do this with Plain TeX and XeTeX.
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How to create PDF outline

According to the PDF reference (PDF document, 9.4MB), one can create an outline for the document; a visual table of contents for the viewer application which enables the user to jump to the page for ...
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Question about exercise 7.5 in TeXbook

Consider this extract from TeXbook: EXERCISE 7.5 Experiment with TEX to see what \string does when it is followed by an active character like ~. (Active characters behave like control ...
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Plain TeX: Line up some text boxes

Forgive me for asking what is probably a trivial question. I'm working through the books but always seem to be confused when I sit down at the computer. I'm using plain TeX. I have three ...
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PNG in Plain TeX [duplicate]

I have been presented with graphic files in the format .png. I need to include them in a Plain TeX document. How is that possible? Is there a way to convert them to .eps?
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How to generate table of content with OPmac macro \kuk without duplicities of pages?

I'm trying to create a slideshow in TeX using Opmac. But when I use macros \kuk and \maketoc, there are duplicities in table of content. Is any possibility to generate the line in the toc only for a ...
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Why does plain TeX have a \bye command?

In plain TeX, \bye marks the end of the TeX document. Yet why is such a command even needed? TeX should be quite able to see for itself that here, the file stops, and there is nothing more to find. I ...
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Can I use (LaTeX?) packages from CTAN in plain TeX?

I have the following assumptions: TeX is a kind of language Plain TeX is the original environment for this language LaTeX (and other environments) is a set of compiled macros written using TeX ...
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Problem with \setbox

I wrote the following box, which contains my name displayed vertically: \setbox0\vbox{\hbox{M}\hbox{a}\hbox{t}\hbox{t}\hbox{e}\hbox{o}} I'd like to dysplay it twice in a line, so I wrote: ...
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How can I improve my “hands-on”/ “working” knowledge of TeX's low/middle/high/higher -level control sequences?

I am not an experienced TeX/LaTeX user. I know just about enough to write my thesis. As my interest grows, I'd like to continue improving on my TeX/LaTeX knowledge, more specifically, my "working" ...
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What's the most plain way to define a parametrized macro within an outer macro definition

I often want to pass some arguments into a macro definition that defines an inner macro with parameters. For example \def\outmac #1,#2.{% \def\argone{#1} \def\argtwo{#2} \def\inmac ...
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Transition from LaTeX to Plain TeX

For several reasons I need to typeset in Plain TeX, however I have always worked with LaTeX. So how hard will this be? I basically need something like the book or report documentclass (with toc, ...
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Function and usage of \font command

I have seen the use of the \font. For example \font\Cal=cmsy10 at 25pt I can't find any information about this command. Could anyone tell me what's the function of it, how works and how use it?
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Hyphenation tables not working

Consider scratch.tex: \language0 \hyphenation{ab-cdef} \newlanguage\newlang \newlang \hyphenation{abc-def} \language0 \showhyphens{abcdef} \newlang \showhyphens{abcdef} Why in both cases ...
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Define command to act like \ifvar

I'm trying to manipulate multiple boolean variables which are simply named one, two, three, etc. and since I'm using them with a counter, I have defined some commands to take a numerical input and ...
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How can I check whether two control sequences have the same name?

I'd like to test whether two custom control sequences have the same name, regardless of what they expand to or whether they're actually defined. For instance, \ifsamecsname\Foo\Foo should be ...
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Question about pdftexmagfix.tex

My setup: TL2014 I understand what pdftexmagfix.tex is for, I only don't understand how it works: If we change \begingroup \catcode`P=12 \catcode`T=12 \lowercase{% \endgroup ...
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Incorrect encoding in PDF outlines

I'm trying to get encoding in PDF outlines right. The problem is that the letter in the outline must be Ъ - the same as on the page - but it is Ú. dvitype shows this: xxx 'pdf: outline 1 << ...
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Why to store a number via chardef?

For example, in plain.tex and in hyrules.tex (package hyplain) we find such code: \chardef\active=13 \catcode`\~=\active \chardef\myh@us@catcode=\the\catcode`\_ ... \catcode`\_=\myh@us@catcode ...
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Question about example of alignment in TeXbook

TeXbook has this example in chapter 22: \settabs\+\indent&Horizontal lists\quad&\cr % sample line ... Comment to this example says: A sample line might as well end with &, because ...
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Convert Plain TeX automatic table generation macros to LaTex [closed]

I have written code, given at at the end of the post, to typeset exams and quizzes in plain TeX. A typical test would be typeset using: \def\CLASS{Math 111} \def\TERM{Spring 2015} \def\TITLE{Quiz 3} ...
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Escaping the escape character

In the TeXbook, Knuth asks: Exercise 7.2 Can you imagine why the designer of plain TeX decided not to make \\ the control sequence for reverse slashes? Is it something to do with the fact ...
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How TeX creates DVI without reading TFM file?

My setup: TeX Live, version 2014.20141024-2 (packaged with Debian 8 Jessie) Consider test.tex A \bye $ tex -ini '\input plain \dump' This is TeX, Version 3.14159265 (INITEX) ...
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How can I typeset a blackboard bold number in amstex?

I'm using plain TeX with AmsTeX. I can get blackboard bold capital letters, but not numbers. For example, the command \Bbb A prints a capital blackboard bold letter A, but the command \Bbb 1 ...
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split off function for variable as separator

How/Possible to change this implementation of \xSplit so that the separator is a variable filled in at the time of definition (\edef somehow?) or at the actual use of the command?? %based on the ...
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substitution problem with plain tex

Can anyone please tell me what I did wrong?? I cann't get the second number of tests to work correctly (and the command appears to be the same argument as done manually) \magnification\magstep1 ...
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Problems inputting miniltx when TeX is configured for use of babel [closed]

When TeX is configured to make use of babel, \input miniltx makes TeX spit out the error ! Illegal parameter number in definition of \@yargdef. <to be read again> \relax ...