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comment Can LaTeX be persuaded to produce text output?
@Aditya: How does ConTeXt do this? (I got the quip about parsing TeX from your blog, by the way.)
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comment Can LaTeX be persuaded to produce text output?
@Aditya: I know, but I feel that I have more understanding of what TeX can produce itself. If it is a genuine text file, then I'd know what to filter out afterwards. It's partially to do with my own lack of understanding of things like the PDF format. I guess what I want is for TeX to send all "printable" characters to a "write".
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comment Can LaTeX be persuaded to produce text output?
That sounds pretty similar to what I want, apart from that I don't understand your statement "provided you do not want TeX to act as a parser". I want TeX to properly expand its input, acting accordingly, but I want the output file format to be text. I can do this with my perl version of TeX, but after writing it I felt a better solution would be possible if only I could make TeX output actual text.
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comment What's the easiest way to draw the arc defined by three points in TikZ?
@Seamus: In that case, you should ask a question that will lead to a nice simple demonstration of it ...!
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comment Can LaTeX be persuaded to produce text output?
Changing the macros is fine. I've basically already done that as part of my Perl script, and I can add more on a case-by-case basis (I'm not looking for a global solution). It's the fundamental getting LaTeX to produce ASCII text rather than DVI or PDF or ... that I'm interested in here. As I understand it, tex4ht works by adding hooks in to the DVI or PDF and post-processing it. I'd prefer to simply have tex output the text directly.
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comment What's the easiest way to draw the arc defined by three points in TikZ?
@Seamus: I should also make it clear that this is another of my "If the other answers weren't there, I wouldn't have posted this.". There's a great comment by Dima on one of my old answers, I should look it up and put it somewhere for all to see so that they understand me better!
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comment What's the easiest way to draw the arc defined by three points in TikZ?
@Seamus: Depends what you mean by "complicated". I suspect that the computations needed by calc and intersection to find that radius would be as complicated. Part of the point of this (and I'll admit there isn't much point) is that it is self-contained and does no more than strictly necessary. Computing the centre is unnecessary, ergo: don't do it.
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answered What's the easiest way to draw the arc defined by three points in TikZ?
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comment LaTeX accessibility
@Charles: Not got any opinion on formats, just on representations. Whatever the format, I'd rather have the equation in whatever was right for that format rather than as the raw source. I feel (as an author) that I have a reasonable chance at making the output accessible, but not at making the input accessible.
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comment How to make e in e^x written upright and why \me^x does not work?
@TH. I do this in lectures to quickly distinguish between constants and variables (or local constants). I wouldn't do this in an article. I didn't know about the \mathcode trick, but I suspect it wouldn't work for the full range of what I do in lectures (such as colours).
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answered How to make e in e^x written upright and why \me^x does not work?
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comment LaTeX accessibility
David, in response to "IMO better than translating to MathML" then I say "IMO not". More seriously, this is a moot point: you will find people arguing both ways very strenuously. All I will say is that I would not want to have to read the raw LaTeX code of any of my equations.
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answered Subscript font size in Emacs TeX mode
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comment How do I change the encoding of my files?
Keks, that this is a facility of AUCTeX should be added to your answer. That's the sort of detail that's quite important. Not every user of Emacs uses AUCTeX (me, for example!).
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comment How do I change the encoding of my files?
@pmav99: I agree that one should, and I would tend to convert from "X" to UTF-8 whenever possible. Sometimes, though, I need to send files in particular encodings to people who are ... how shall I put it? ... less aware of encoding issues than myself. I also agree with the first sentence, but then apparently Emacs has the ability to change the universe so that my program is written already, but somehow M-x quantum butterfly doesn't work for me, so having actual instructions for the clueless (ie me) would (I think) be a useful resource for this site.
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comment How do I change the encoding of my files?
Looks extremely useful! Are you using any particular Emacs library for TeX files?
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comment How do I change the encoding of my files?
@Joseph: Hadn't thought about that. The scenario I most encounter is "single file". I think that if I had a "job lot" then I'd figure it out once and for all and write a shell script to do it for me. But this happens just infrequently enough that I never remember from one occurrence to the next how to do it. (In case it's not clear, I'm also deliberately playing "new-users' advocate" in that I could probably figure it out for myself but I think that this would be a really useful thing to have on this site.)