[texhax] learning tex vs latex
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Oct 30 16:09:24 CET 2009
bill lam wrote:
> As I understand, typography is craftsmanship to be acquired by years'
> apprenticeship. Are various typesetting rules for typography already
> meant to be in-built inside Tex (binary) or Plain Tex format? Or it
> is only the Latex format provides such help.
Nothing at all in the TeX binary that I can think of, Bill
(perhaps someone will correct me), and the Plain format
really addresses only the most basic aspects, such
as setting \baselineskip to 1.2 x <design size of base
font>. LaTeX goes a lot lot further in trying to
embed basic AI knowledge of typography, but not everyone
agrees that its basic styles demonstrate this very
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