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By Raymond Seroul

The final twenty years have witnessed a revolution within the realm of typography, with the digital disappearance of hot-lead typesetting in prefer of the so-called electronic typesetting. the primary at the back of the recent expertise is straightforward: think a truly superb mesh superimposed on a sheet of paper. electronic typesetting is composed in darkening the best pixels (tiny squares) of this mesh, in styles resembling each one personality and image of the textual content being set. the particular darkening is finished through a few printing gadget, say a laser printer or phototypesetter, which needs to be instructed precisely the place the ink may still pass. because the mesh is particularly fine-the dashes surrounding this sentence are a few six pixels thick, and greater than two hundred pixels long-the printer can simply be managed by means of a working laptop or computer application, which takes a "high-level" description of the web page when it comes to textual content, fonts, and formatting instructions, and digests all of that into "low-level" instructions for the printer. TEX is any such software, created through Donald E. Knuth, a working laptop or computer scientist at Stanford University.

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For example, if you say \hskip 10pt plus 2pt minus 3pt TEX will leave anywhere between 7 pt and 12 pt of space, depending on the constraints of the layout, and it will try its best to leave as close to 10 pt as it can. This ideal dimension is called the natural component of the glue. 05em. Much of the glue on a page is put there automatically, without your having to think about it. For example, the spacing between words on this page is glue! In this font, it corresponds to \hskip 2. 25pt minus O.

1+2-3 $1+2-3$ ............. ......................................... 1 + 2 - 3 Several other special characters are obtained by typing control sequences: \oe, \OE ~ ee, CE \ae, \AE ~ re, lE \aa, \AA ~ a, A \0, \0 ~ 91,0 \1, \L ~ I, \ss ~ B L To get les eeuvres d 'lEsope, you should type les \oe uvres d'\AE sope. Why are there spaces after the \oe and the \AE? To tell TEX where the name of the control sequence ends. Any number of spaces, and up to one carriage return, are discarded after a control sequence made up of letters.

A more reliable method is to use a group: {\parindent=Opt ... } Inside the group, the \parindent is 0 pt. After the group is finished, the value of \parindent is automatically reset to what it was before; in general, values assigned to variables within a group are automatically forgotten when T[jX steps out of the group. Such variables then revert to the values they had before the group was entered; we say that their values were local to the group. Variables that don't receive a new value inside the group, of course, have the same value throughout.

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