amstex - structured text formatting and typesetting
This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for
this version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX
The AmSTeX language is described in the book The Joy of TeX
. AmSTeX is a
TeX macro package, not a modification to the TeX source program, so all the
capabilities described in tex
(1) are present.
The AmSTeX 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
For authors more familiar with LaTeX, an AMS-supported package called
is available, among others.
- Documentation for AmSTeX, typesettable by TeX.
- Documentation for AMS fonts, typesettable by TeX.
Michael Spivak, The Joy of TeX
, 2nd edition, American Mathematical
Society, 1990, ISBN 0-8218-2997-1.