TeX and MetaFont: New directions in typesetting

by Donald E. Knuth

Paperback, 1979

Status

Available

Call number

686.2

Library's review

Indeholder "Foreword", "Preface", "Acknowledgements", "Part 1. Mathematical Typography", "Part 2. TEX, a system for technical text", " Introduction", " 1. The name of the game", " 2. Book printing versus ordinary typing", " 3. Controlling TEX", " 4. Fonts of type", " 5. Grouping", " 6. Running TEX", " 7. How TEX reads what you type", " 8. The characters you type", " 9. TEX's standard roman fonts", " 10. Dimensions", " 11. Boxes", " 12. Glue", " 13. Modes", " 14. How TEX breaks paragraphs into lines", " 15. How TEX makes list of lines into pages", " 16. Typing math formulas", " 17. More about math", " 18. Fine points of mathematics typing", " 19. Displayed equations", " 20. Definitions (also called macros)", " 21. Making boxes", " 22. Alignments", " 23. Output routines", " 24. Summary of vertical mode", " 25. Summary of horizontal mode", " 26. Summary of math mode", " 27. Recovery from errors", " A. Answers to all the exercises", " B. Basic TEX format", " E. Example of a book format", " F. Font tables", " H. Hyphenation", " I. Index", " S. Special notes about using TEX at Stanford", " X. Recent extensions to TEX", "Part 3. METAFONT, a system for alphabet design", " 1. The basics", " 2. Curves", " 3. Pens and erasers", " 4. Running METAFONT", " 5. Variables, expressions, and equations", " 6. Filling in between curves", " 7. Discreteness and discretion", " 8. Subroutines", " 9. Summary of the language", " 10. Recovery from errors", " A. Answers to all the exercises", " E. Example of a font definition", " F. Font definition for TEX", " I. Index".

"Foreword" er skrevet af C. Gordon Bell, Vice President of Engineering ved Digital Equipment Corporation. Det hylder TEX som potentielt lige så epokegørende som Gutenberg.
"Preface" er skrevet af Knuth selv og handler om at han holdt 1978 Gibbs Lecture i anvendt matematik og benyttede lejligheden til at beskrive noget ikke helt trivielt matematik, som han har prøvet at anvende på problemer hentet fra typografi. Fx 'hvilke kurver er pænest' og 'tegn en pæn kurve gennem disse punkter'.
"Acknowledgements" handler om hvem der har støttet ham i at skrive bogens tre forskellige dele. Den første er hans Gibbs foredrag, den anden beskriver TEX og den tredje beskriver METAFONT. TEX kan behandle tekster og METAFONT kan lave bogstaver.
"Part 1. Mathematical Typography" handler om hvordan matematisk sats er besværligt at lave for en blysætter. Knuth identificerer en masse hak i typografien for American Mathematical Societys tidsskrift.
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" 2. Book printing versus ordinary typing" handler om ???
" 3. Controlling TEX" handler om ???
" 4. Fonts of type" handler om ???
" 5. Grouping" handler om ???
" 6. Running TEX" handler om ???
" 7. How TEX reads what you type" handler om ???
" 8. The characters you type" handler om ???
" 9. TEX's standard roman fonts" handler om ???
" 10. Dimensions" handler om ???
" 11. Boxes" handler om ???
" 12. Glue" handler om ???
" 13. Modes" handler om ???
" 14. How TEX breaks paragraphs into lines" handler om ???
" 15. How TEX makes list of lines into pages" handler om ???
" 16. Typing math formulas" handler om ???
" 17. More about math" handler om ???
" 18. Fine points of mathematics typing" handler om ???
" 19. Displayed equations" handler om ???
" 20. Definitions (also called macros)" handler om ???
" 21. Making boxes" handler om ???
" 22. Alignments" handler om ???
" 23. Output routines" handler om ???
" 24. Summary of vertical mode" handler om ???
" 25. Summary of horizontal mode" handler om ???
" 26. Summary of math mode" handler om ???
" 27. Recovery from errors" handler om ???
" A. Answers to all the exercises" handler om ???
" B. Basic TEX format" handler om ???
" E. Example of a book format" handler om ???
" F. Font tables" handler om ???
" H. Hyphenation" handler om ???
" I. Index" handler om ???
" S. Special notes about using TEX at Stanford" handler om ???
" X. Recent extensions to TEX" handler om ???
"Part 3. METAFONT, a system for alphabet design" handler om ???
" 1. The basics" handler om ???
" 2. Curves" handler om ???
" 3. Pens and erasers" handler om ???
" 4. Running METAFONT" handler om ???
" 5. Variables, expressions, and equations" handler om ???
" 6. Filling in between curves" handler om ???
" 7. Discreteness and discretion" handler om ???
" 8. Subroutines" handler om ???
" 9. Summary of the language" handler om ???
" 10. Recovery from errors" handler om ???
" A. Answers to all the exercises" handler om ???
" E. Example of a font definition" handler om ???
" F. Font definition for TEX" handler om ???
" I. Index" handler om ???

Meget imponerende bogværk. Han beskriver et problem og kobler matematik og datalogi på for at løse det, hvorefter han giver et komplet system frit for al folket, så de kan lave smukke bøger. En anden af hans bøger "Selected Papers" beskriver lidt mere om metafont og hvordan diamantformede penne kan tegne pænere cirkler.
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Publication

AMS, American Mathematical Society, Digital Press (1979), Paperback, 45 201 105 pages

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

xi, 45, 201, 105 p.; 20.2 cm

ISBN

0932376029 / 9780932376022

Local notes

Omslag: Don Knuth
Omslaget viser et stort S sammen med konstruktionen af det vha cirkelbuer - Giovanbattista Palatino, circa 1550
Indskannet omslag - N650U - 150 dpi
Side 7: At this point I regretfully stopped submitting papers to the American Mathematical Society, since the finished product was just too painful for me to look at.
Side 10: Perhaps some day a typesetting language will become standardized to the point where papers can be submitted to the American Mathematical Society from computer to computer via telephone lines.
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