In the latest TUGboat (v38, no. 3) David Carlisle presented XII take II saying that the plain TeX file xii.tex could be downloaded from https://ctan.org/pkg/xii. On going there one statement was that xii was part of TeXlive, which I use. However pdftex could not find xii.tex so I ran tlmgr to make sure that everything was uptodate. xii.tex was neither downloaded or found. I then downloaded xii.tex by hand but the contents were not the same as printed in TUGboat.

The original 1998 xii.tex was fascinating and I would like to try the take II xii.tex version. Having tried the tlmgr and manual download routes from CTAN, how do do I get it (and should the file names be different)?

  • you're looking for the wrong thing. xii.tex hasn't changed. the new one is xii-lat.tex. look here: ctan.org/pkg/xii-lat (enjoy!) – barbara beeton Dec 19 '17 at 19:29
  • it is there in tex live, but it's in the doc branch: texmf:doc/plain/xii/xii.tex. and there isn't any output, so if you ask for texdoc xii' you get the basically uninformative readme` file. (well, not totally unformative; it is maintained.) – barbara beeton Dec 19 '17 at 19:45
  • @barbara beeton does this mean that there might be another correction in the next TUGboat in addition to my misinformation:-)? – Peter Wilson Dec 19 '17 at 20:16
  • (bows head in embarrassment.) the misdirection will indeed be corrected in the next tugboat. – barbara beeton Dec 19 '17 at 20:19

It's on ctan at https://ctan.org/pkg/xii-lat (sorry the URL in tugboat is wrong (not my fault:-) but as it's almost Christmas as a special bonus, it's also here:

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  • Thanks bb and David. It's amazing! I thought that the -lat was shorthand for latest but I was wonderfully mistaken. However, I'm still not sure why the tlmgr didn't send me a copy. – Peter Wilson Dec 19 '17 at 20:05
  • @PeterWilson Barbara may have had more to do with the words than me, I just typeset them:-) – David Carlisle Dec 19 '17 at 20:06
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    @PeterWilson -- i admit to being a co-conspirator, but i'm not the originator of the text. here's the real source: youtube.com/watch?v=x8qB-PUw2AQ – barbara beeton Dec 19 '17 at 20:23
  • Ooh got rid of the backslashes this time I see! So cool, I expect there's a lot more new stuff here to unpack; this will be fun. – ShreevatsaR Dec 20 '17 at 1:59
  • In this answer you claim that you cannot eliminate the `` without slipping a back door into the latex format which was tempting did you succumb to the temptation? – StrongBad Dec 20 '17 at 20:17

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