TeXline TeXline is produced with plain TeX. It was never designed for electronic dissemination. However, it seems reasonable to archive some, at least, of the source files in the Aston Archive (or anywhere else that wants them). I have taken the step of including everything I could find, without consulting the original authors, who may, or may not, have copyright on the material. Given TeX's public domain image and status, it would seem churlish to insist on copyright of this material. Nevertheless, if you do steal/borrow/plagiarise (depending on your status), you could at least give some credit to the author (or even TeXline). The newsletter uses double columning. I am still not entirely happy with my double columning macros (other people's double columning macros). Since I anticipate that use of the material will not be to print out your own copy on your own laser printer, I do not see this as a problem. I also paste-up the masthead. I see nothing wrong with paste-up. It has worked for several centuries. TeXline is now prepared on a Macintosh (with TeXtures). This gives rather different opportunities for file names, which I have tended to exploit (more than six characters, inclusion of spaces and any other character I like, not necessary to have a .tex extension, etc.). I shall probably try to standardise on simpler, more `standard', less-friendly file names in the future. I have tried to make the file names correspond correctly to their \input name for VMS, but in the case of `conflict', you are on your own (in keeping with the pd image of TeX). Life is too short to sort such problems out. In very general terms, TeXline is organised along the following lines (this is a sort of meta-description -- almost all specific examples will be different): texline.tex: a file of macros which sets up most of the environment double.tex: one of two double column macros: i sometimes use one set which enclose the whole setup in \begindoublecolumns/\enddoublecolumns, which has the advantage of allowing some mixing of single and double columning; and another set which just modifies the \output routine and only gives double columns. verb.tex a verbatim macro (now usually called verbar.tex to remind me that the | character is the important one. head.tex does the mast head (sometimes uses PostScript fonts). contents.lis this reveals the order of assembly of TeXline. it has a few \TeX\ commands, but it is usually simplified (without the \ejects and other nasties which get inserted). also sometimes given names like tl1-9 (for pages 1--9). All the other file names are bit arbitrary, depending on my mood. They are of course, the articles themselves. From time to time one of these input files may call another one. These extra `lower' files are the ones most likely to be omitted or with non-standard names (because I didn't notice them). Note that Kermit has a tendency to replace characters it does not like with `X'. Sometimes I organise things in little batches of a few files, and sometimes I don't. It depends. And sometimes there are pictures. Usually I paste them in. In other words, you won't find them here. Until the graphics people get their act together, transmitting device independent graphics is going to be awkward. Another reason for sticking to real paper instead of this electronic nonsense. malcolm clark
TeXline – A TeX-based magazine
TeXline was a magazine for TeX users, produced in Plain TeX and distributed free of charge. The material available on CTAN covers volumes 5–14.
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