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Re: Writing a patch for the emacs Tex interface

From: Lee Sau Dan
Subject: Re: Writing a patch for the emacs Tex interface
Date: 29 Nov 2001 09:11:10 +0100
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>>>>> "William" == William F Hammond <address@hidden> writes:

    Rod> However if I do {\em There was a {\bf cat} on the mat} Then,

    William> David is absolutely right.  The deprecation is in the 2nd
    William> edition of Lamport's basic book LaTeX: A Document
    William> Preparation System, 1994, which is 8 years old.

Yeah.  So, I have been using \emph and \textbf for 5 years.

    William> You probably want: \emph{There was a \emph{cat} on the
    William> mat} or you may want \emph{There was a \textbf{cat} on
    William> the mat } if you really like gratuitous boldface.  See
    William> Lamport.

But the deprecated method are still useful in some cases.  For example
if your  emphasized or bold-ified things span  across paragraphs, then
\emph or \textbf  may cause problems, whereas {\em  ...} and {\bf ...}
works.  TeX will  choke if the parameters to a macro  (as in \emph) is
too long,  but not when  a group  spans too wide  a scope (as  in {\em

Of course,  having lengthy, contiguous  bolded and emphasized  text is
very very bad  style (both in terms of  typesetting and writing).  The
author should better rethink, rephrase and reorganize his writing.

Lee Sau Dan                     李守敦(Big5)                    address@hidden(HZ) 

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