1. NAME

amstex - structured text formatting and typesetting

2. SYNOPSIS

amstex [ first-line ]

3. DESCRIPTION

This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual "Web2C: A TeX implementation" .

The AX language is described in the book "The Joy of OX" . AX is a TeX macro package, not a modification to the TeX source program, so all the capabilities described in tex (1) are present.

The AX macros encourage writers to think about the content of their documents, rather than the form. The ideal, not always realized, is to have no formatting commands (like « switch to italic » or « skip 2 picas ») in the document at all; instead, everything is done by specific markup instructions: « emphasize », « start a section ».

For authors more familiar with LX, an AMS-supported package called amsmath.sty is available, among others.

4. FILES

  • amsguide.tex
        Documentation for AX, typesettable by TeX.
  • amfndoc.tex
        Documentation for AMS fonts, typesettable by TeX.

5. SEE ALSO

latex (1), tex (1), slitex (1).
Michael Spivak, "The Joy of OX" , 2nd edition, American Mathematical Society, 1990, ISBN 0-8218-2997-1.