[TxMt] LaTeX grammer for subscript

Charilaos Skiadas cskiadas at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 11:52:35 UTC 2007

Guido, I think the grammar you should be adding these constructs to  
is the TeX Math grammar, since that is the main one that takes effect  
in math mode.
The difference between $self and $base is indeed a delicate one, and  
the choices we've made are perhaps not always the same. In this case,  
I think the question is: Should we be allowing arbitrary LaTeX syntax  
rules inside a math environment? For instance, should we recognize a  
"\begin{document}...\end{document}" block within a math environment?  
We opted for "no".

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

On Nov 13, 2007, at 3:39 AM, Guido Governatori wrote:

> On 13/11/2007, at 4:04 PM, Allan Odgaard wrote:
>> On 12 Nov 2007, at 06:17, Guido Governatori wrote:
>>> [...]
>>> Maybe I have not understood how include, but if I write a grammar  
>>> where patterns contains only an include statement, don't I  
>>> "create a copy" of the included grammar under a different name?
>> Well, you include it, yes.
> Allan, thanks for the explanation.
>> But if the included grammar does something like “begin = '\('; end  
>> = '\)'; patterns = ( … );” then the rules you put in the grammar  
>> where you include the former, will not be active inside (…).
> I did some experiments, and it seems that it depends whether the  
> inner patterns (...) includes itself or not. Better, if it only  
> includes itself (i.e., $self), then the definition external to the  
> include are not considered in the patterns; if it uses includes =  
> '$base' the external definitions are parsed inside the inner patterns.
>> Since LaTeX does a lot of this nesting of rules, it is generally  
>> not possible to add a new rule then include the old grammar, and  
>> expect the new rule to work in all contexts.
> I see that in some cases text.tex includes with $self. So scopes  
> with $self cannot be extended while scopes with base can.
> All the best
> Guido
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