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Chapter 1. Introduction > 1.1. A brief history

1.1. A brief history

In the Beginning ...

In May 1977, Donald Knuth of Stanford University [94] started work on the text-processing system that is now known as “TeX and ” [8286]. In the foreword of The TeXbook [82], Knuth writes: “TeX [is] a new typesetting system intended for the creation of beautiful books—and especially for books that contain a lot of mathematics. By preparing a manuscript in TeX format, you will be telling a computer exactly how the manuscript is to be transformed into pages whose typographic quality is comparable to that of the world’s finest printers.”

In 1979, Gordon Bell wrote in a foreword to an earlier book, TeX and METAFONT, New Directions in Typesetting [80]: “Don Knuth’s Tau Epsilon Chi (TeX) is potentially the most significant invention in typesetting in this century. It introduces a standard language in computer typography and in terms of importance could rank near the introduction of the Gutenberg press.”


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