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DETEX(1L)							     DETEX(1L)

       detex - a filter	to strip TeX commands from a .tex file.

       detex [ -clnstw ] [ -e environment-list ] [ filename[.tex] ... ]

       Detex  (Version	2.6) reads each	file in	sequence, removes all comments
       and TeX control sequences and writes the	remainder on the standard out-
       put.   All  text	in math	mode and display mode is removed.  By default,
       detex follows \input commands.  If a file cannot	be opened,  a  warning
       message	is  printed  and  the command is ignored.  If the -n option is
       used, no	\input or \include commands will be  processed.	  This	allows
       single file processing.	If no input file is given on the command line,
       detex reads from	standard input.

       If the magic sequence ``\begin{document}'' appears in the  text,	 detex
       assumes it is dealing with LaTeX	source and detex recognizes additional
       constructs used in LaTeX.  These	include	the \include and  \includeonly
       commands.  The -l option	can be used to force LaTeX mode	and the	-t op-
       tion can	be used	to force TeX mode regardless of	input content.

       Text in various environment modes of LaTeX  is  ignored.	  The  default
       modes are array,	eqnarray, equation, figure, mathmatica,	picture, table
       and verbatim.  The -e option can	be used	to specify a  comma  separated
       environment-list	 of environments to ignore.  The list replaces the de-
       faults so specifying an empty list effectively causes  no  environments
       to be ignored.

       The  -c	option	can be used in LaTeX mode to have detex	echo the argu-
       ments to	\cite, \ref, and \pageref macros.  This	 can  be  useful  when
       sending the output to a style checker.

       Detex  assumes  the  standard character classes are being used for TeX.
       Detex allows white space	between	control	sequences and magic characters
       like `{'	when recognizing things	like LaTeX environments.

       If  the -w flag is given, the output is a word list, one	`word' (string
       of two or more letters and apostrophes beginning	 with  a  letter)  per
       line,  and all other characters ignored.	 Without -w the	output follows
       the original, with the deletions	mentioned above.   Newline  characters
       are  preserved where possible so	that the lines of output match the in-
       put as closely as possible.

       The TEXINPUTS environment variable is used to find \input and  \include
       files.	Like  TeX,  it interprets a leading or trailing	`:' as the de-
       fault TEXINPUTS.	 It does not  support  the  `//'  directory  expansion
       magic sequence.

       Detex  now handles the basic TeX	ligatures as a special case, replacing
       the ligatures with acceptable charater  substitutes.   This  eliminates
       spelling	 errors	introduced by merely removing them.  The ligatures are
       \aa, \ae, \oe, \ss, \o, \l (and	their  upper-case  equivalents).   The
       special	"dotless"  characters \i and \j	are also replaced with i and j

       Note that previous versions of detex would  replace  control  sequences
       with  a	space  character to prevent words from running together.  How-
       ever, this caused accents in the	middle of words	to break words,	gener-
       ating  "spelling	 errors"  that were not	desirable.  Therefore, the new
       version merely removes these accents.  The old functionality can	be es-
       sentially duplicated by using the -s option.


       Nesting	of  \input  is allowed but the number of opened	files must not
       exceed the system's limit on the	number of simultaneously opened	files.
       Detex  ignores  unrecognized option characters after printing a warning

       Daniel Trinkle, Computer	Science	Department, Purdue University

       Detex is	not a complete TeX interpreter,	so it can be confused by  some
       constructs.  Most errors	result in too much rather than too little out-

       Running LaTeX source without a ``\begin{document}'' through  detex  may
       produce errors.

       Suggestions for improvements are	(mildly) encouraged.

Purdue University		12 August 1993			     DETEX(1L)


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