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## [Texmacs-dev] A Functional Description of TeX's Formula Layout

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Nicolas Girard |

**Subject**: |
[Texmacs-dev] A Functional Description of TeX's Formula Layout |

**Date**: |
Sun, 1 Jul 2007 09:56:40 +0200 |

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Dear people,
you may be interested in a paper from Reinhold Heckmann and Reinhard Wilhelm
called "A Functional Description of TeX's Formula Layout". It is available
here [1]; its abstract follows:
While the quality of the results of TeX's mathematical formula layout
algorithm is convincing, its original description is hard to understand since
it is presented as an imperative program with complex control flow and
destructive manipulations of the data structures representing formulae. In
this paper, we present a re-implementation of TeX's formula layout algorithm
in the functional language SML, thereby providing a more readable description
of the algorithm, extracted from the monolithical TeX system.
[1] http://rw4.cs.uni-sb.de/~heckmann/abstracts/neuform.html
Cheers,
Nicolas

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