[texhax] verbatim environment problem
Justin C. Walker
justin at mac.com
Mon Feb 19 22:24:58 CET 2007
On Feb 19, 2007, at 12:54 , Barbara Beeton wrote:
> justin walker is trying to get the keyboard
> symbol ^ (circumflex) into a coding instruction
> in typewriter style:
To set the record more straight-ish: this is from Don Gingrich; I
just dragged myself into the middle of the discussion...
> n ls .[^.]*
> to which i countered
>> right diagnosis, inadequate solution.
> Gee. No one's ever called me inadequate before :-}
> er, that was the solution, not the instigator.
> i wouldn't dare tack that label on someone i've
> never met. <g>
> more commentary:
>> since the ^ indicates a superscript, the first
>> suggestion will yield a complaint that it's
> I don't see the complaint in the log file. I'm using TeXShop
> on Mac OS X,
> and all I see is some 'underfull \hbox' babble. No other
> i'm not sure why there wasn't an error, but see below
> for justin's description of the output (pdf file was
> attached to his message, but not included here).
> i also pointed out that
> [...] the \uparrow isn't the same shape.
> and suggested a (plain tex) trick:
> ls .[\char`\^.]*
> from justin:
> This may be a simple matter of fonts, but I get the following
> (forgive the
> PDF in-line), where the order is as above (with your version
> [pdf omitted]
> To me, the 'uparrow' in the second line looks most correct.
> The third
> looks like a 'caret'; the first, like a lowered 'caret' on a '.'.
> Am I missing something?
> the uparrow is in the symbol font, not typewriter.
Ah! So it was a font thing...
> in the first example, the circumflex appears as an
> accent since it wasn't given an empty place-marker
> so it would appear by itself.
> the third example, however, appears exactly as it
> does in my mail reader, with the exact ^ character
> as it appears in the cmtt font. admittedly, i am
> using a low-resolution monospace font for reading mail,
> since it's important for me to be able to distinguish
> input niceties like this. i suspect justin is using
> some "fancier" font, so he's not used to seeing the
> "old-fashioned" monospace teletype style.
Not me, man. Being curmudgeonly (cf. below), I do the monospaced
thing in my reader as well. For much the same reasons.
> since justin advertises himself thusly,
> Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon-At-Large
> Institute for the Absorption of Federal Funds
> i can assure him that i've practiced long and hard
> to be just as curmudgeonly as he is
Perhaps not as long as I, though...
> (just ask any
> of my colleagues on the tugboat production team!
> <g>), though i don't seem to have found such a
> reliable source of funding.
A man does what he must...
Thanks for the detailed explanation!
Justin C. Walker, Curmudgeon at Large
Institute for the Absorption of Federal Funds
If it weren't for carbon-14, I wouldn't date at all.
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