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 Re: preamble declarations wanted "Michael J. Downes" <[log in to unmask]> Thu, 28 Jan 1999 13:26:02 -0500 text/plain (50 lines) "William F. Hammond" <[log in to unmask]> writes: > 1. "\noblankpars": In using a program to translate another markup to > LaTeX, if one wants to have a reasonable level of human readability in ... > blank line as a new-paragraph command under LaTeX is a pass-through to > "TeX", I do not know whether this could be done. \catcode\endlinechar=10 > 2. "\commandend{;}": LaTeX practice such as > > "\LaTeX{} is great" > > does not always leave quite the right space after the first word. You are mistaken. It leaves a normal interword space. Unless you are talking about some macro that you have yourself defined without paying sufficient attention to spacefactor or something. Try looking at the LaTeX definition of \TeX (not the plain TeX definition, which is inferior). Or unless you are talking about math mode. In math mode the "{}" should certainly be omitted or it will tend to screw up the standard inter-symbol spacing. But your converter probably had better be aware of whether it is in math mode or not anyway, since (for example) you should be translating &ohat; to \^{o} in text but \hat{o} in math. If you really want a 100% consistent command terminator that you can use in all contexts I suggest \+: \def\+{} ... \LaTeX\+ is great ... That is only for commands that take no arguments. For commands whose first argument is a mandatory argument the { is a sufficient terminator; for commands whose first argument is optional (like \pagebreak or \\) you cannot put anything in there without screwing up the lookahead. For that I suggest defining your own variants that use mandatory arguments. > 3. "\strictargoptsyntax": In auto-generating lists, a programmer > either needs to check that the first character of item content is not > '[' or else routinely generate "\item[{}]", filling in the braces when > appropriate. \item{} will give you the automatic number and ignore any following "[" character.