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Name: TeX for the Impatient
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This project is part of the GNU Project.

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

An PDF of the current version of the book can be downloaded from

Both TUG and CTAN have mirrors of the book but they are outdated. I am seeing what I can do to keep them updated as well.

Registration Date: Thu 11 Sep 2003 05:15:16 PM UTC
License: GNU Free Documentation License
Development Status: 6 - Mature


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Images to be added soon
     posted by djames, Tue 05 Apr 2016 09:57:03 PM UTC - 0 replies

I've obtained a physical copy of the book, so hopefully I can get started on implementing the code to display images where they are in the original version. I plan to backport the code from the Chinese version of the book, available here

Migrated to Git
     posted by djames, Thu 31 Mar 2016 06:55:28 AM UTC - 0 replies

The project has been migrated from CVS to Git. All future changes will be submitted to the Git repository.

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.

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