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NAME

       amstex - structured text formatting and typesetting

SYNOPSIS

       amstex [ first line ]

DESCRIPTION

       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 implementation.

       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 section".

       For  authors  more familiar with LaTeX, an AMS-supported package called
       amsmath.sty is available, among others.

FILES

       amsguide.tex
              Documentation for AmSTeX, typesettable by TeX.

       amfndoc.tex
              Documentation for AMS fonts, typesettable by TeX.

SEE ALSO

       latex(1), tex(1), slitex(1).
       Michael Spivak, The Joy of  TeX,  2nd  edition,  American  Mathematical
       Society, 1990, ISBN 0-8218-2997-1.