[texhax] "@" : vowel or glottal stop ? (was : Some puzzling TeX)

Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Sat Feb 19 11:37:16 CET 2011

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 :


instead of the far more intuitive and elegant :

	\first at fone

** Phil.
Uwe Lueck wrote:

> That is remarkable, Heiko (tested!).
> Is this your discovery, or have you seen it elsewhere?
> It could be a proposal for latex.ltx.
> Likewise, the next line in latex.ltx,
>      \def\:{\@xifnch} \expandafter\def\: {\futurelet\@let at token\@ifnch}
> could be replaced by
>      \@firstofone{\def\@xifnch} {\futurelet\@let at token\@ifnch}
> (tested!).

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