[OS X TeX] From LaTeX to TeX

Michael Murray mmurray at maths.adelaide.edu.au
Mon Dec 27 05:13:26 EST 2004

Hi Ewan

Years ago I learnt Plain TeX then later LaTeX.  If you have TeXShop, 
or probably any other tex install, you can run either plain tex or 
latex.  In TeXShop the choice is under the Typeset menu.

Unless its a very simple document I think you will find converting a 
latex file to a plain tex file very tedious. Going back the other way 
is probably not so difficult.  But if you want plain tex to run 
musixtex then presumably you won't be running your existing latex 
files will you?

Regards - Michael

PS.  One thing that does amaze me when I occasionally use plain tex 
is the speed!

>   Hello all,
>  could anyone help me on this :
>  although I'm fairly familiar with LaTeX, I know nothing about "plain TeX"
>(I learned LaTeX directly), and today this causes me a problem because
>I have to use MusixTeX for which use of TeX rather than LaTeX is hignly
>recommended. So I ask myself many questions :
>  -given a source document originally written in LaTeX, is it easy and fast
>to convert it to a "plain TeX" file ?
>  -what are the main differences between the two ?
>              Ewan
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