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Why does the redefinition of \par disable \nopagenumbers?

Let's disable page numbers: \nopagenumbers Hello world. \bye Page numbers appear if we redefine the nearest \par: \begingroup\def\par{\endgraf\endgroup} \nopagenumbers Hello world. \bye If we ...
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How to get last box in vertical mode?

I'm trying to get the contents of a paragraph with \showbox via \vadjust, by overloading \par. I came up with this: \showboxdepth\maxdimen \showboxbreadth\maxdimen \let\oldvadjust\vadjust ...
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Setting headlines with widths which differ from the width of the body text

Using (plain) TeX, I'm trying to set the headline to a different width from that of the body of the text (i.e. hang page numbers to the outside of the text, as seen in the TeX Book).
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moving from old plain TeX to XeTeX

I have a style file I used for a project in pre-Unicode age. Now I want to convert it for use in XeTeX. I used Computer Modern and now would like to use CMU Serif. Pointers on what to do with the ...
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How to align vertically by right border?

Consider this example: \hsize.1in \noindent \parfillskip=0pt \leftskip=0pt plus 1fil \hfuzz=2em hello world \bye The result is: The expected result is: Why the example does not produce the ...
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Short footnotes on same line or centered in plain TeX

Is there in plain TeX a way to print two short footnotes on the same line (spaced as if in columns) or a single footnote centered?
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What is the equivalent of \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} in plain TeX?

I have inherited a semi-small TeX project in which I, after syncing across various computers and OS'es, had some problems with encodings of special characters like åäö. My initial approach for fixing ...
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How to open a plain TeX document in BaKoMaTeX (TeXword)

The question says it all I want to open a plain Tex equation in BaKoMaTeX (TeXWord) This is a Sample File $$ t{\rm{(}}x{\rm{,}}y{\rm{)}} = \left\{ {\matrix{ 1 \cr 0 \cr } } \right.\matrix{ {\quad ...
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Weird error after \showthe

I'm trying to understand the meaning of \p@ from plain.tex: \newdimen\p@ \p@=1pt % this saves macro space and time While trying to figure it out, I stumbled upon strange behavior. Consider this: ...
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How is a page produced in the output routine?

Compare this \nonstopmode \tracingonline=1 \showboxdepth=\maxdimen \showboxbreadth=\maxdimen \output={\shipout\vbox{ \unvbox255 \showlists }} \nopagenumbers \noindent A \bye and this ...
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Description list in plain TeX with optional break after tag

I'd like to have a desription list in plain TeX where there is only a line break after the item tag if the tag width exceeds a certain value. Lets say the indentation of the tags is zero and the ...
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Embedding a flv (or mp4) video using pdfTeX (plain TeX only)

I am attempting to find out how to embed a flv video in a pdf file created using plain TeX and pdfTeX. I was successful at manually (via Adobe Acrobat's menu: Tools->Multimedia->Video Tool) embedding ...
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Plain TeX: Wrong \folio for heading at top of page

I have the following chapter macro (uses code from Heiko Oberdiek): \def\ChaptTocEntry#1#2{% \line{\hbox to1em{\hfil\bf#1}\hskip1em#2\leaderfill\folio}} \def\ChaptWr#1{{% \let\folio\relax ...
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two column footnotes, Plain TeX

I’m trying to get footnotes set in two columns in Plain TeX. This is my minimum working example: %!TEX TS-program = pdftex \output{\ifvoid\footins\else\vskip\skip\footins\rigidbalance\footins 2 7pt ...
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How to define font size in plain TeX such that it works as font size defined in article?

% gettingstarted.tex \hoffset=-72.27pt \voffset=-72.27pt \hsize=72.27pt \vsize=72.27pt \special{papersize=\the\hsize,\the\vsize} \parindent=0pt \nopagenumbers \input pstricks ...
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How to expand a register value in a \write argument (plain TeX)?

I am using \write to output table of contents information. While the correct heading counter information apears in the headings itself, the TOC headings have the number of the last heading of a page. ...
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Plain TeX pdf2ps page numbering offset for front matter in PDF viewer [duplicate]

The good: When I use plain TeX, and then run dvips to get the Postscript output, I see negative page numbers for the front matter in the thumbnail pages on the left in evince and gv (ghostview), ...
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Plain TeX and different hyperlink styles in dvi and pdf

I use the harvmac macros to write papers with plain TeX, and harvmac loads the hyperbasics file to enable hyperlinks. However I can't figure out why the hyperlinks have a different appearance in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...