[texhax] Forcing size changes in exponents
barr at math.mcgill.ca
Mon Aug 17 02:02:53 CEST 2015
Glad to hear. When I talk up tex to others, one of the major points I make is that I can still compile (except for replacing the font specifications from 2.09 by those of NFSS, a major advance) I can still compile them with only trivial changes, mainly changing \documentstyle by \documentclass and modifying how macro packages are loaded. If latex starts breaking up compatibility, that would be a real downer. Now try to take a Word file from 1985 and loading it into a modern version.
It is a major plus that tex, in one form or another, has been essentially unchanged for 35 years. Yes, latex was a major advance and NFSS was another. I suppose 2e was a significant advance, but is still nearly compatible. I suspect latex 3 will have major compatibility problems and I will probably not use it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Berry" <karl at freefriends.org>
To: bnb at ams.org
Cc: barr at math.mcgill.ca, "<Unknown>" <texhax at tug.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:09:53 PM
Subject: Re: [texhax] Forcing size changes in exponents
if you have the latest version of tex live
(tex live 2015), \rm and the other 2-letter
font changes (except, i think, \em) have
I don't see that (with a sigh of relief).
works for me in current TL. No errors, anyway. Looks to me that the
font size decreased as expected, too.
Actually disabling \rm et al. would be such a major break in
compatibility that I sincerely hope, and expect, it will never happen.
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