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Donald E. Knuth, creator of TeX, Metafont and the Computer Modern fonts

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Are Knuth's fonts searchable in pdf yet?

Donald Knuth at the Desktop Publishing Pioneers meeting laments that converting to pdf using his fonts yields pdf files without searchable text. Is this fixed yet? https://youtu.be/WVRMPihnZZM?t=4363
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Electronic version of Knuth's “TeXbook”?

I have a printed copy of the TeXbook (from D.E. Knuth) at home. Now that I travel a lot, I don't want to take my library with me every time. Question: Is there a legal way to obtain (=purchase) a PDF ...
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How can I replicate the style of the quotes in Knuth's “The Art of Computer Programming”?

How can I replicate the style of the quotes in Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming"? I mean the quotes found at the beginning and at the end of each chapter, for example see the following one ...
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Where's an example of the bad typesetting that inspired TeX?

Where online can I see a side-by-side comparison of the "good" typesetting of a page of TAOCP that Knuth liked in 1968 versus the equivalent "bad" second edition from 1976 that Knuth hated and caused ...
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Installation procedures of early TeX installations

First some background information. The old distributions of TeX included two programs, initex and virtex. Initex could create format files, and virtex could load them. These older versions of TeX (...
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What's new in TeX, version 3.14159265?

The new Knuth TeX has been released in early this month, and its version number is 3.14159265 now. It can be downloaded here. What's new in this release? And a further-more question, where can one ...
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What is the purpose of CM Funny?

I have never really seen any detailed discussion by TeX users on the subject of Computer Modern Funny, despite how strange it is. Personally, I find that even with its eccentricities, CM Funny and CM ...
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How does Donald Knuth tests new version of tex? [closed]

Donald Knuth mentions in the TeX: the program that he has used the pascal programming language described in the user manual of pascal by jensen and wirth in 1975 to implement TeX. My question is when ...
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original Tex book [duplicate]

Is there original TexBook by Knuth? Everything I've found surfing the Internet does not seem complete book, I want to learn pure plain-Tex, try it,compare its advantages and disadvantages with LaTex ...
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Are there any (La)TeX Easter Eggs?

Given Donald Knuth's legendary sense of humor, one cannot help but suppose he would have succumbed to the temptation to add in a "special" command or two that did something unsuspected or unusual just ...
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To what extent is the TeX typesetting/layout engine coupled to the macro system?

This is perhaps a soft question, and I realise it has a chance of being closed, but here we go... I am currently getting to grips with the internals of Tex/Latex and have found the learning curve to ...
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Which language would Knuth use to (re-)write TeX today? [closed]

[ yes, this is "primarily opinion based;" VTC if you must ] In Literate Programming Knuth wrote: ... I chose PASCAL as the programming language ... ; it is not my favorite language for system ...
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What on earth is iTeX?

Is that an hoax? Or is it a real wish from D. Knuth? (http://river-valley.zeeba.tv/media/conferences/tug-2010/Don-Knuth)
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Translation of typefaces into METAFONT (in the case of AMS Euler and others)

TL;DR: Let me ask my questions first: How was AMS Euler translated from Hermann Zapf's hand-drawn shapes into METAFONT? Has there been one into METAFONT's pen-strokes approach? What are other ...
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Did Knuth actually design the Computer Modern font?

It seems from all the articles I read on the topic that Knuth actually designed the font from ground up. He's a celebrated computer scientist, but was he also a digital calligraphy genius? That's a ...
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The "^'' glyph in the TeXBook

TeX, plain TeX, within the source of the Texbook of Don Knuth, there is use of ^ in different command sequences, and in text bites. Is there a special meaning to ^ in TeX primitives, in plain TeX, ...
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Was the Knuth-Plass line breaking output ever subjected to a blind experiment?

Have any blind trials been organized to test to which extent "the average reader" prefers paragraphs typeset by the Knuth-Plass algorithm (or more advanced variants) over those typeset using the ...
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Reproducing formatting of MIX words/Text across multiple cells of a table

I'd like to reproduce the formatting of MIX words in Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming. There is good example of what is giving me problems on the 3rd image on this page: https://stackoverflow....
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TeX: reasons to start tokens using backslash

I was wondering over the TeX programming language syntax. Is there a known reason why Knuth chose the backslash notation we all love and fear? It seams to me that most other contemporary languages (C, ...
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(La)TeX Logo - Where does it come from? [duplicate]

Being a big fan of "logo design" I was wondering where the (La)TeX logo comes from. I found Custom LaTeX logo explaining how to make my own (La)TeX like logo. Since everything within (La)TeX seems ...
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What is the meaning of moved letters on LaTeX logo?

I read many years ago about the meaning of TeX, coming from Greek letters, etc... Also I found many posts here related to the right way to write TeX, LaTeX and so on when it is not possible to use the ...
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Differences of each version of TeXbook

I'm going to buy The TeXbook, and I have two alternatives for that: buy an old version one in a discounted price buy the newest version one in the fixed price To be honest, I would like to save ...
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Is Knuth's *The TeXBook* complete?

Suppose I want to learn TeX. Then, is The TeXBook a complete source? Does it cover all relevant aspects of TeX? Or is there something worth learning about TeX which is not present there? Does "TeX ...
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Is there a complete modern book which explains how a TeX parser works?

Hi I am reading 'The TEXbook' by Donald E. Knuth. But in my point of view is very didactic for people who want to learn TeX. Most of the pages contain exercises. But many things of how a TeX ...
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Escaping the escape character

In the TeXbook, Knuth asks: Exercise 7.2 Can you imagine why the designer of plain TeX decided not to make \\ the control sequence for reverse slashes? Is it something to do with the fact ...
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$327.68 Knuth reward check

I know something about $327.68 Knuth reward check. However, I cannot find a comprehensive list of people rewarded for finding errors in TeX. I do know, that among them is Bogusław Jackowski (Twice, ...
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Bibliography with page numbers

In GKP's Concrete Mathematics, there is a useful and interesting feature I would like to see in more books. The bibliography entries include: a - the page numbers where the book or article is cited ...
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2013, year of the TeX bugs report. Will pdfTeX, XeTeX, etc. be changed accordingly?

Barbara Beeton said (TUGboat vol. 34, pag. 4): As noted on Don Knuth's TeX web pages, www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/abcde.html, he "intend[s] to check on purported bugs again in the ...
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How to follow the “Knuth license”

I want to use some of the code from manfnt.mf. Perhaps my situation is best summarized by this (draft) commit message (slightly edited to look okay when processed as markdown): New file dbend.mf ...
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An old italian translation of The TeXbook

DEK once said (TUGboat Volume 13 (1992), No. 4, page 423): The TeXbook has been translated not only into Japanese, but also into Italian (though not yet published in Italian). The people who did ...
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The TeXbook: Spiral or hard-cover binding?

I would like to purchase Donald Knuth's TeXbook, and I have noticed that there are two versions available. One is a spiral-bound edition, usually sold by itself. The other is a hard-cover edition, ...
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Layout of Knuth's “The Art of Computer Programming” in LaTeX [duplicate]

Just for fun, I want to write something in the same layout as The Art of Computer Programming by D.E. Knuth. Does anybody know how to get this layout with LaTeX? [EDIT] I am interested in the full ...
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Style used for Knuth's “The Art of Computer Programming” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Typesetting algorithms in LaTeX like Knuth Does anyone know if there is a style that mimics Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming? Baring that, would anyone know how to ...
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Why does MS Word's algorithm for vertical positioning of super- and subscripts not conform to TeX's ?

Microsoft Office has, since 2007, used a formula layout algorithm based on the algorithm Knuth described in appendix G of the TeXbook. But there's an apparent divergence in the final output from the ...
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How on earth did Knuth do it?

Donald Knuth has written what are arguably the most beautiful books with the TeX system. Now I understand that Knuth wrote them in plain TeX, and still uses plain TeX for his current projects. Which, ...
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A famous TeX error message [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Interwoven alignment preambles are not allowed - what exactly does this mean? This question was inspired by this thread. D. Knuth list this error message in TB: If you have ...
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New Edition of TeXBook [closed]

Here I asked a question about moving from LaTeX to plain TeX and one of the recommendations was to look Knuth's TeXBook. I was looking into this when I came across this update on Knuth's website, ...
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TeXbook headers

\documentclass[10pt,% % corpo del font principale a4paper,% % carta A4 twoside,% % fronte-retro %openright, %...
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Learning TeX via the TeXbook

As I most often am not able even to ask the right question, much lesser to understand answers, I have decided to read thoroughly Knuth's TeXbook. But on Appendix B--Control Sequences--I find ...
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What is the latest edition of Knuth's “Computers & Typesetting” Series? [closed]

I would like to buy Knuth's "millenium boxed set" of Computers & Typesetting, but I can't figure out if there is more than one edition. The "Computers & Typesetting" books were originally ...
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Has the typesetting of Knuth and gang's Concrete Mathematics been modified over subsequent editions?

I understand its a late 80's book and the authors were justifiably proud of their new AMS Euler typeface when they wrote it. However, by today's display standards, I find it a bit lacking (atleast in ...
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Knuth's line breaking algorithm

I'm trying to understand the basics of Knuth's line breaking algorithm. At the beginning of Chapter 12: Glue of his TeXbook, there is a figure like the one below. My question is: where did those ...
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Interwoven alignment preambles are not allowed - what exactly does this mean?

I admit that this post is purely idle curiosity. But I recently stumbled upon a little factoid saying that the TeX error "Interwoven alignment preambles are not allowed" has the following explanation ...