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amstex - Man Page

structured text formatting and typesetting


amstex [first-line]


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

The A M ST E X language is described in the book The Joy of TEX. A M ST E X is a T E X macro package, not a modification to the T E X source program, so all the capabilities described in tex(1) are present.

The A M ST E X 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 L A T E X, an AMS-supported package called amsmath.sty is available, among others.



Documentation for A M ST E X, typesettable by T E X.


Documentation for AMS fonts, typesettable by T E X.

See Also

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

Referenced By

fmtutil.cnf(5), latex(1).

16 June 2015 Web2C 2023