Plain TeX is Knuth's original default format for TeX documents.

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TeX equivalent for LaTeX's \boxed

Does anyone have any suggestions for recreating the \boxed{...} function from LaTeX in plain TeX? I'm pretty sure it's part of the amsmath package for LaTeX.
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How can I change the layout of a page (plain TeX)?

I need to change both horizontal and vertical dimensions of the output pages. Is there a simple way to do it in plain TeX?
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How do I change font size in plain TeX tables featuring math (fontch producing unexpected results)

I've been having difficulty with setting the font size in plain-tex tables (i.e. haligns). I want to set the tables to use seven or (preferably) eight point font, including tables which contain math. ...
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Kind of spurious space

I'm trying to write a \spaced macro: it takes a string as parameter, decompose that string and then recompose it spreading avery token from the others according to a given \spreadratio. Here are the ...
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Parser for decimal numbers in (plain) TeX

I need help writing a parser for decimal numbers using only TeX and plain TeX. The set of accepted inputs is given by the regular expression: (+-)?(0-9)*(.,)?(0-9)+ The parser need not do anything ...
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eplain TeX footnote spacing

I've been experimenting with the features provided by eplain and for the most part, I quite like them. I'm confused about one thing though. I don't seem to be able to adjust the inter-line space in ...
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How to make continuous (but breakable) vertical rule along left side of paragraph?

I'm looking for a way in Plain TeX to make a continuous vertical rule along the left side of a paragraph (or arbitrary block of text), such that it observes normal page-break rules. I started with the ...
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How to compile the source code of TeX

I am more and more interested in the system TeX (and LaTeX) and I want to study it more deeply. I am not telling that I want to learn how to use it, but I want to understand its mechanism now. The ...
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Real number symbol (UTF-8: ℝ) in XeTeX

How can I get the 'real number' sign (something like \mathbb{R} with the amssymb package in LaTeX) in XeTeX?
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How do I make a long underscore in Plain TeX?

I have looked at this question as well as here and here but I cannot figure out how to produce a long underscore in plain TeX, as in the following example. Date _____________________________ The ...
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How to get pictures from every \halign line?

I'm trying to get separate images from eqnarray lines. Problem is that I can't properly insert starting/closing image \specials for tex4ht. Lets consider a minimal example (plain tex): ...
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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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Problems with plain tex and ngerman.sty

I tried to typeset a plain TeX document with the ngerman.sty macro set. Unfortunately, I get the following output for a simple test file containing nothing but \input ngerman.sty\end: This is TeX, ...
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Attaching files using plain TeX (pdfTeX)

I am currently in the process of writing a document using plain TeX and would like to be able to attach other relevant files to the resulting pdf. I have experience using the attachfile, attachfile2 ...
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Coloured text in plain tex

Recently I became intrigued by plain TeX because it gives even more flexibility than regular LaTeX. In my document I wish to use grayscales of text. In LaTeX, producing this result is achieved ...
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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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Stretching a column so that table fills up specified area

Using plain TeX how can I make column 2 in the following table take up the remaining space to .5\hsize while preserving the other columns' property to have a variable width dependent on their ...
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Unboxing \hrule's?

How do you unbox \hrules such as in this code sample: \setbox0=\vbox{1\hrule2\hfil\break3} \unvbox0 \setbox0=\lastbox % line 3 \unskip % \baselineskip \unpenalty % \break ...
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How to typeset a vbox to a grid in plain TeX?

NOTE: update below I know this is a heavily debated subject, which is almost impossible in plain TeX, but what I want is merely a vbox with a height that's a multiple of baselineskip. Searching the ...
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Sublime Text 2 for Plain TeX?

I'm currently working on a project that requires plain TeX, not LaTeX. Is it possible to configure Sublime Text 2 to compile plain TeX?
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Breaking up text in a column

When the contents of a column are too long to fit on a single line, how can I have TeX break up the contents across multiple lines if the column has a variable width (such as column 2 in the example ...
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How to automatically print line numbers for broken off lines in plain TeX

Before you read on: This question refers to plain TeX only. Thanks! I’m wondering how to add line numbers for lines broken off by TeX’s line-breaking mechanism. (My text does not contain any ...
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How do I control vertical line spacing under \settabs in plain TeX?

Consider the following example. \settabs \+ \hskip 4.5 in & \cr \+ Silahkan masuk & Come in, please! \cr \+ Silahkan duduk & Sit down, please! \cr \+ Silahkan berdiri & Stand up, ...
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List of TeX internal parameters? [closed]

I have come across quite a number of TeX internal parameters, like \clubpenalty, \widowpenalty, \abovedisplayshortskip and so on. Could you provide me with a complete list of them, what they are for ...
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Conversion of tex to latex

Quite surprisingly for me, I did not find valuable information on how to convert plain TeX files to LaTeX documents. There is a TeX.SX question, but it was answered with a particular solution. I ...
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TeX, LaTeX and fractions

I just stumbled upon a Math SE answer which used {num \over den} for fractions. This seems perfectly equivalent to \frac{num}{den}. I'm guessing the former is TeX syntax and the latter is the LaTeX ...
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\hbox spread in plain TeX

I want to learn Plain TeX to understand the underlying mechanics of TeX and friends. I am trying to reproduce the spacing of this dedication from the Spanish music-theory treatise, El porque de la ...
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\expandafter with \uppercase ordering

As I understand it, the behavior of \expandafter is such that if \a and \b are macros, then \expandafter\a\b will first expand \b then \a. But my understanding must be wrong, because I don't ...
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Plain TeX and underscores

We have a bunch of scripts to generate invoices for our customers. It creates plain TeX files from CSV and then PDF files (using the pdftex program). This "black box" was created by one of our former ...
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Inserting an image in plain TeX

I used the OzTeX implementation of TeX, also I used to typeset my docs in plain TeX, not LaTeX for me, so I had no problem to insert an image using the OzTeX, now I'm back to TeX docs, am using the ...
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Using urw-garamond fonts in plain TeX

I am struggling with a font problem that I can't solve by myself. I almost always write my files with pdfLaTeX and the urw-garamond fonts from mathdesign. However I would like to produce the same ...
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Is there a good plain TeX tutorial that explains about doing automation and making layout?

I am interested in learning plain TeX especially in automation: looping, conditional branching, jumping, iterating, etc. layout: creating custom smart tables and boxes that can span cross pages. ...
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Line with a \hbox is overflowing right margin, why?

Let's say I have a hbox inside a paragraph like this: Do you like me? \hfill\hbox{\quad$\bigcirc$ Yes\quad$\bigcirc$ No}. If the text of the question is longer than this "Do you like me?", the line ...
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TeX4ht and Plain TeX

According to tug.org TeX4ht can be used with Plain TeX. I've tried the commands listed in the site above, but nothing works! All I can have is a simple text file, with .html extension, but without any ...
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Delimited arguments and using a macro inside of itself

I wanted to play with delimiter sizing without using the \delimiterfactor, -shortfall, etc. and made the following: \newdimen\bigdim \bigdim = 1.9743ex \newdimen\Bigdim \Bigdim = 2.671ex ...
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Can I see a plain TeX source file please?

all the LaTeX-tutorials tell me how LaTeX is an extention simplifying the building of TeX documents. Understandably, no one uses plain TeX anymore, right? But I seem to learn better when I grasp the ...
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List of all control sequences let to primitives in common formats

I would like to know a list of all control sequences which are let equal to primitives in common formats. For plain TeX for instance, we would get the list \endgraf % = \par \endline % = \cr \repeat ...
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Stopping the accidental absorption of digits into literals

I recall that I was once writing some TeX code, and I encountered something like this \count\foo \foo=2\otherMacro [\the\foo] If \otherMacro was defined as something like \def\otherMacro{9 cats is ...
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OpenType MPlib labels with luatex-plain

I am trying to get the luamplib to work with the luatex-plain -format. I installed BasicTeX2014, and then did tlmgr install context. Then I did luatex --ini ...
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vbox disappearing inside hbox

I don't understand why a vbox disappears when it's surrounded by two \hss, for instance in: \hbox to 0pt{\hss abc\hss} \hbox to 0pt{\hss\vtop{def}\hss}% doesn't work \hbox to 0pt{\vtop{ghi}\hss}% ...
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LaTeX graphic[sx] package with eplain fails with driver dvipdfmx

According to UK TeX FAQ, in order to get bounding box support (with .xbb and .bb files) with dvipdfm[x] and non-eps graphics files, one must specify the driver as in: \usepackage[dvipdfmx]{graphicx} ...
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csplain and url package not working with pdftex

MWE (test.tex): \input miniltx \input url.sty \url{http://www.google.com} \bye Commands: pdftex -fmt=csplain test.tex -- fails This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.15 (TeX Live 2014) ...
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Vertically aligned table in plainTeX / LaTeX / Context etc

My last answer about vertically aligned table inspired me to write my first question at this site. How to create the following table in various TeX approaches: plainTeX, LaTeX, Context, eplain, OPmac ...
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Without any built-in looping macro, can we just use a recursive macro to get a-b-c-d-e?

Without any built-in looping macro, can we just use a recursive macro to get an output of a-b-c-d-e? \def\aaa #1{#1-\aaa} \aaa abcde % expected result : a-b-c-d-e \bye Edit: Probably the best way ...
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How to add an arbitrary item to the TOC in OPmac

While trying to customize my TOC for a book project, I wanted to add some vertical space between two items in the TOC. From reading the OPmac source, it seems that the TOC is generated from the .ref ...
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How to derive one TeX-Format from another

Let's say I want to write my own TeX-format for learning purpose, how can I easily derive from plain.fmt (or better xetex.fmt)?
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Infinitely shrinkable glue except if surrounded by text?

Say \a and \b are two macros that expand to some text and either one may be \empty but not both. I want two put \a and \b in a line, centered and separated by a \quad. \hfil\a\quad\b\hfil Problem: ...
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CSplain support for English quotes

In CSplain, there is a lot of multi-language support (including UTF-8 input in 8-bit TeX engines) but one curiously missing thing was support for UTF-8 English quote glyphs. From reading the CSplain ...
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TeX definitions of `` and '' [duplicate]

Where and how does TeX define the character sequence `` and '' ? From the TeX * prompt, how does one "show" the definition?
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Thoughts on turning this DropCap/Lettrine code into a macro

I am aware there are some packages available for Dropped Capitals, esp. the lettrine.sty package for LaTeX. However, I'm learning TeX from fundamentals and decided to figure out how to do it myself. ...