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I'm a happy plain TeX (and XeTeX) user.

I recommend everybody to study the TeXbook by Knuth, even LaTeX users. It's wonderfully written and teaches you the concepts behind the typesetting decisions of TeX.

My motivation here is to try to solve problems using techniques available for plain TeX, so no such thing as "you should use this package to solve the issue of that other package" and so on. I value simplicity and elegance above all -- that doesn't mean I can achieve them though :-)


Mar
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awarded  Good Answer
Jul
15
awarded  Yearling
Jul
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comment Using $1\over2$ instead of $\frac{1}{2}$ under amsmath
Issuing a warning is annoying though, especially when the \frac macro itself uses \over! Imagine someone who knows that you have to type ${{1+1}\over2}$ in your example. You'd get the 'foreign command' warning but amsmath would convert the macro to exactly the same thing! It's annoying.
Jun
22
comment How to apply a macro to each column of a table
@morbusg: +1. What an elegant solution!
Mar
23
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
21
comment Starting with TeX (not LaTeX)
The Advanced TeXbook does not seem to be out of print: amazon.com/The-Advanced-TeXbook-David-Salomon/dp/0387945563/…
Dec
19
answered Recreating a letterhead
Dec
19
comment Recreating a letterhead
Regarding the vertical space, you should remove \medskip. If that doesn't please you, add a negative space manually with \vskip-10pt, for example.
Dec
13
revised How does one stop automatic line spacing increases when typesetting tall math symbols?
Better explanations added
Dec
13
comment How does one stop automatic line spacing increases when typesetting tall math symbols?
@egreg: Ok, no problem. Thanks!
Dec
13
comment How does one stop automatic line spacing increases when typesetting tall math symbols?
@egreg: I'm not advocating this style, but that's what the OP seems to want (he wrote: "I would like to stop this from happening, even if it leads to possible overlap of symbols between the two lines"). Since I always prefer "minimal" solutions, I wrote my answer in case he wants to try it. I think it's fair :-)
Dec
13
answered How does one stop automatic line spacing increases when typesetting tall math symbols?
Dec
12
comment Position margin notes relative to left margin in plain TeX
Heh, I think I suggested exercise 14.28 :-)
Dec
9
comment Replace asterisk with nothing in string
That's not really what the OP wants, but sed -i 's/\*//g' data.txt does the equivalent of your perl script in one line.
Dec
9
comment How to say “this is a good place for a page break”?
@MartinSchröder: But in your answer you make reference to \smallbreak etc, so I don't see why you worried. It does not hurt to have the knowledge that behind LaTeX commands stand some universal TeX concepts that make all the decisions.
Dec
8
comment Position margin notes relative to left margin in plain TeX
@D.Bueno: You might want to look at exercise 14.28 of the TeXbook (and it's answer in the Appendix A). The solution is very similar to egreg's proposal and Knuth's explanations are always nice, so it's a good read.
Dec
8
revised How to say “this is a good place for a page break”?
added 171 characters in body
Dec
8
answered How to say “this is a good place for a page break”?
Dec
8
comment How to write Stirling numbers of the second kind?
Take a look specially at Knuth's P137 from the link above, it's called "Two notes on notation" and it's precisely about the Stirling numbers.
Dec
6
comment Changing the header row style of a table to discriminate it from other records
Would writing the names in bold face suffice?