[OS X TeX] square cells and more
Arno Kruse
arnokruse at macnews.de
Thu Dec 23 11:40:41 EST 2004
Es irrt der Mensch so lang er strebt. (Goethe, Faust 1)
I wanted to write code for an apparent simple magig square my small
pupils like a lot; of course in LaTeX. (If the reader does not
remember: a magig square - in Germany we call it "magisches Quadrat" -
is a square matrix, filled with numbers; if you add all the numbers in
a line, a column or in the diagonals, the sum must be the same: the so
called "magig number".)
No problem for an "experienced" LaTeXer like me.
I thought.
A lot of time later a frustrated LaTeX-user called Arno contented
himself with a code he better does not show you…
Comp.text.tex did not help me, the only result I got was extremely
complicated and unflexibel and looked ruefully.
Well, there is this list, and there is Will Robertson; I decided to ask
him, and you all know the result - a remarkable solution. It works
perfectly for me, and I want to thank Will heartily. I do not
understand everything of his code yet, but I like to learn using
examples like these. (By the way, I do agree to Hendrik Chaltin:
Complete examples of code are, especially when written by an artist
like Will, extremely helpful for beginners and even advanced users.)
Please allow me some remarks anyhow:
1. Square cells are in my opinion (maybe I am completely wrong) a sort
of elementar modules. I wonder why it is complicated that way to
produce them.
2. Other users may have different solutions to produce square cells; I
am interested to learn how they have solved the difficulties, you may
write me off list, if you like.
3. Problems of this manner are not specific Mac-problems, and so I
first tried to find a solution in comp.text.tex. Do you think anyhow
that it is useful and adequate to discuss them in this list?
4. If the answer is yes: There are certainly more "little problems"
like mine and a lot of interesting and helpful solutions - why not
announce your questions and answers here?
5. Will, you have written
\settoheight\fontheight{(}.
I have no idea why you have chosen just this brace.
Again: Thank you very much,Will!
Arno
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