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System Name: teximpatient
Name: TeX for the Impatient
Group Type: Official GNU software

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This project is part of the GNU Project.

TeX for the Impatient is looking for a maintainer.
If you're interested, please take a look at this general information about GNU
packages and being a GNU maintainer, and then email
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interest in this package. Thanks.

TeX for the Impatient is a ~350 page book on TeX, plain TeX, and Eplain, written by Paul Abrahams, Kathryn Hargreaves, and Karl Berry.

Besides the source repository here, has the released version and more.
It is also available from CTAN,

The authors have no plans to update the book, though we will help however we can. If you are interested in working on the many possible enhancements and improvements, see the README and errata.future files in CVS.

Registration Date: Thu 11 Sep 2003 05:15:16 PM UTC
License: GNU Free Documentation License
Development Status: ? - Orphaned/Unmaintained


Latest News 
Chinese translation of TeX for the Impatient
     posted by karl, Fri 17 Oct 2014 10:36:34 PM UTC - 0 replies

Zou Hu (thank you!) has completed a Chinese translation of TFTI (starting from earlier work by others). The sources are available from and a PDF is at ...

original drawings available
     posted by karl, Thu 27 Jan 2011 10:19:25 PM UTC - 0 replies

The original artwork by Kathryn Hargreaves included in the printed book of TeX for the Impatient is now available in the CVS repository (under the same license as the book itself, GFDLv1.2-or-later). Thanks to William Adams for doing the scanning.

Updates to the book source to incorporate these images would be very welcome.

French translation updated
     posted by karl, Sun 26 Sep 2004 05:59:54 PM UTC - 0 replies

The French translation of TFTI has been updated -- thanks again, Marc. It will be distributed on this year's TeX Live. It's currently available through savannah, CTAN, and

french translation
     posted by karl, Sun 06 Jun 2004 04:53:59 PM UTC - 0 replies

Marc Chaudemanche has translated the TeX for the Impatient source here into French, available in the fr/ subdirectory in CVS. Thanks Marc!

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