> I am very sure that there are many people that take a short look at a
> LaTeX introduction (or that got a short introduction by somebody) that
> were confused by the different space handling in
> \LaTeX is good.
> \LaTeX\ is good.
> This is \LaTeX.
> This is \LaTeX2e.
> The rule may be relatively simple, but it could be even simpler. If
> spaces after commands are always treated the same as suggested.
Not w/ TeX / LaTeX as they are now written.
There's a really good line somewhere (Michael Doob's _Gentle_?) to
the effect that such intricacies are unavoidable in a system where
text commands are intermixed w/ text as text.
Another consideration here is that there're similar projects
already---StarTeX comes to mind:
And why wouldn't a beginner just use something like LyX anyway?
To be fair, w/ Omega and Unicode there is a potential for fixing
this, by having a Unicode code page specifically devoted to TeX
commands / symbols, but that'd require direct re-working of Omega and
plain.tex to set up.
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