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Donald Arseneau <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Oct 1998 20:17:02 PST
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At 21:09 +0200 98/10/21, Martin Schroeder wrote:
>\newenvironment{foo}{start}{end} defines \foo{start} and \endfoo{end}.
>But this is an undocumented feature -- which you can use at your own

Hans Aberg <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>  So LaTeX defines \begin{list} and \end{list} as a part of the
>list-environment interface, but \list and \endlist are part of the
>implementation of the list environment. ...
>  ... \list and \endlist do not belong to the interface,

All untrue!  The command equivalent of an environment is "documented"
on pages 25 and 34 of Lamport's Manual (1st ed; check the index for
Environment > made from declaration).  It's not *well* documented,
(omitting mention of the \end form) but it is clearly intended to
be part of the user interface.

For the package or class writer, it is *preferred* to use the commands
rather than the environments for two reasons:

 - less overhead and stack use (minor)
 - better syntax checking (important!)

Let's say you use \begin{list} when defining a new environment {citation},
and a document has omitted \end{citation}.  The error message you get is
! LaTeX Error: \begin{list} on input line xx ended by \end{document}.
but if you use \list and \endlist you get the proper
! LaTeX Error: \begin{citation} on input line xx ended by \end{document}.

Donald Arseneau                         [log in to unmask]