[texhax] "@" : vowel or glottal stop ? (was : Some puzzling TeX)
heiko.oberdiek at googlemail.com
Sat Feb 19 13:09:33 CET 2011
On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 10:37:16AM +0000, Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) wrote:
> I have never understood (and continue to fail to understand)
> why, when Don made it quite clear in Plain.TeX that "@" is a
> vowel, Leslie and his followers insist on treating it as
> a glottal stop. Why one earth did they use the horribly
> ugly :
Because it's easy to read?
> instead of the far more intuitive and elegant :
> \first at fone
There is \@ne, thus it must be \firstof at ne? Or
\f at rstofone, or \firstofon@, or ...?
In my taste, \@firstofone is much more clear
than \first at fone. "@" is used for many purposes,
as marker for internal commands, as separator,
as prefix, ..., but using as vowel it's counterintuitive
in my opinion.
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