Re: TeX syntax?

Philipp Lucas <>
12 Feb 2007 12:32:38 -0500

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From: Philipp Lucas <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 12 Feb 2007 12:32:38 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 07-02-024
Keywords: interpreter
Posted-Date: 12 Feb 2007 12:32:38 EST

On Thu, 8 Feb 2007, Russell Shaw wrote:

> Where can i find something resembling the BNF of Knuth's TeX typesetting
> syntax?
> Knuths TeX book is an abomination, describing lexing and parsing as
> mouth, gullet and stomach nonsense.

You have already been referred to "TeX the Program" for a detailed
explanation of the internal workings. Victor Eijkhout's "TeX by Topic"
(<>) provides another, quite readable,
introduction to TeX's parsing process (see Chapters 1--3 and 11--14).

Philipp Lucas

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