History of TeX

The following is a brief history of TeX, the system that powers pyxlin. You will better understand why pyxlin is the solution to writing, printing, and binding your personal journal. Pyxlin is not like simple word processors, blogs, or cheap book making systems.

TeX logo from Wikipedia

In 1969, Professor Donald Knuth, at Stanford University, published his first book. Knuth’s publisher produced a beautifully typeset book using the classical process, called mono-type, a century old technology for laying out the text in books. Years later, in 1977, he completed the manuscript for a new volume of his book. This time Knuth decided to try out the new computerized typesetting systems. He received the galley proofs–previews of what his book would look like–and compared them to the classical book he had previously published. The galley proofs were awful. After a futile search for a computerized typesetting solution, Knuth decided to take a year off his work to create the needed solution. He got hooked and he started on a 12 year journey creating TeX, one of the world’s most stable and advanced typesetting systems.

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May 17, 2007. features, typesetting, Uncategorized.


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