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TeX-free LaTeX, an overview

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Title TeX-free LaTeX, an overview
Title of Series The 30th Annual Meeting of the TeX Users Group (TUG 2009)
Part Number 13
Number of Parts 28
Author Rowley, Chris
License CC Attribution - NoDerivatives 2.0 UK: England & Wales:
You are free to use, copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in unchanged form for any legal purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.5446/30829
Publisher River Valley TV
Release Date 2012
Language English
Production Place Indiana, USA

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Abstract As some of you will be aware, and all should be, LATEX code, possibly with some variations, extensions or simplifications, has for a long time been used, raw and unprocessed, as a lingua franca for communicating mathematics via text files in computers. [I have even seen it used on napkins and coffee tables.] This led to a proliferation of LATEX-like input systems for mathematical information and this in turn produced a reluctance by users of maths notation to adopt any other type of input. However, much of this math input is not intended (primarily) to ever be input to a TEX machine (It may get swallowed by a TEX-like system after, for example, some copypaste actions). More recently, systems are being developed to produce whole LATEXencoded documents that are to be processed by systems such as OMDoc or LATEXML and so will not necessarily ever pass through a TEX-like engine. Sytems such as PlasTEX also belong in this category, despite using TEX as a helper utility in their implementation.

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