TeX represents the state of the art in computer typesetting. It is particularly valuable where the document, article, or book to be produced contains a lot of mathematics, and where the user is concerned about typographic quality. TeX software offers both writers and publishers the opportunity to produce technical text of all kinds, in an attractive form, with the speed and efficiency of a computer system. Knuth warns newcomers away from the more difficult areas, while he entices experienced users with new challenges. The novice need not learn much about TeX to prepare a simple manuscript with it.

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This open-source software is widely used around the world by scientists, mathematicians, and others to produce high-quality, aesthetically pleasing text, especially where technical content is included. Originally published in , each volume has changed so much in subsequent printings that nearly every page has been touched in some way.

Improvements to the books have followed developments in digital printing technology; they also reflect corrections submitted over the years by thousands of volunteers. The volumes in this box are the latest and most accurate versions yet published. If you have none of the books, you now can conveniently get them all at once. Whether your work requires that you generate superbly formatted text, or that you hone the skills needed for writing your own successful programs, you will find these volumes to be an immediately valuable resource, as well as a treasure for future generations.

Dozens of subsequent printings, including those of the Millennium Edition, were made from the original camera negatives, with replacement pages inserted when necessary but with the original illustrations retained. That was bad news for me, because it meant that I had to put The Art of Computer Programming on the back burner for a month while working hard to reconstruct more than pages of highly technical material, including the remaking and placing of more than illustrations.

But it was good news for everybody else, because now the latest printings are produced entirely with technology that can be expected to last for many generations, and the books themselves are significantly better in hundreds of small ways. I went through every page very carefully and introduced many refinements, which have made me extremely happy with the result. This is especially true of Volume B, because important updates to the TeX software that were made in and have never before been available in print.

Copyright Infringement The source file texbook. Which of the words in those perfectly clear instructions do the people who do such things fail to understand? Please, if you happen to see illicit copies of these books, send a note to board tug.

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This method, dating back to the 19th century, produced a "classic style" appreciated by Knuth. When Knuth received the galley proofs of the new book on 30 March , he found them inferior. Disappointed by the galley proofs of the second edition of the second volume, he was motivated to design his own typesetting system. Knuth saw for the first time the output of a high-quality digital typesetting system, and became interested in digital typography. On 13 May , he wrote a memo to himself describing the basic features of TeX.


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His father had two jobs: running a small printing company and teaching bookkeeping at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Although the judges only had 2, words on their list, Donald found 4, words, winning the contest. As prizes, the school received a new television and enough candy bars for all of his schoolmates to eat. While working on this project, Knuth decided that he could not adequately treat the topic without first developing a fundamental theory of computer programming, which became The Art of Computer Programming. He originally planned to publish this as a single book. As Knuth developed his outline for the book, he concluded that he required six volumes, and then seven, to thoroughly cover the subject.


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