He took three bodies of work that he considered to be standards of excellence for mathematical typography: the books typeset by the Addison-Wesley Publishing house (the publisher of The Art of Computer Programming) under the supervision of Hans Wolf; editions of the mathematical journal Acta Mathematica dating from around 1910; and a copy of Indagationes Mathematicae, a Dutch mathematics journal.

TeX is free software, which made it accessible to a wide range of users. ==History== When the first paper volume of Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming was published in 1968, it was typeset using [metal typesetting] set by a Monotype machine.

When the second edition was published, in 1976, the whole book had to be typeset again because the Monotype technology had been largely replaced by phototypesetting, and the original fonts were no longer available.

When Knuth received the galley proofs of the new book on 30 March 1977, he found them inferior. Disappointed by the galley proofs of the second edition of the second volume, he was motivated to design his own typesetting system.

On 13 May 1977, he wrote a memo to himself describing the basic features of TeX. He planned to finish it on his sabbatical in 1978, but as it happened, the language was not "frozen" (ready to use) until 1989, more than ten years later.

TeX (, see below), stylized within the system as TeX, is a typesetting system which was designed and written by Donald Knuth and first released in 1978.

On 13 May 1977, he wrote a memo to himself describing the basic features of TeX. He planned to finish it on his sabbatical in 1978, but as it happened, the language was not "frozen" (ready to use) until 1989, more than ten years later.

Guy Steele happened to be at Stanford during the summer of 1978, when Knuth was developing his first version of TeX.

The language used is called WEB and produces programs in DEC PDP-10 Pascal. === TeX82 === TeX82, a new version of TeX which is rewritten from scratch, was published in 1982.

On 13 May 1977, he wrote a memo to himself describing the basic features of TeX. He planned to finish it on his sabbatical in 1978, but as it happened, the language was not "frozen" (ready to use) until 1989, more than ten years later.

In 1989, Donald Knuth released new versions of TeX and Metafont.

For example, the Omega project was developed after 1991, primarily to enhance TeX's multilingual typesetting abilities.

The current version of TeX is 3.141592653; it was last updated in 2021.

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