TeX's flavors `manmac.tex`

is a set of macros written and used by Knuth to format his magnum
opus `The Art of Computer Programming,' his Computers and Typesetting series,
and so on. This collection has been extended into BLUe's format system, which also
accounts for developments since the design of **ManMac**, and comes with the user's
guide `Publishing with TeX.'

LaTeX stresses the higher-level approach of descriptive markup and hides the formatting details as much as possible from an author. Because of the rigorous way this has been implemented, it is hard to customize the prefab styles.

Leslie Lamport's manual, LaTeX, A Document Preparation System, exhibits the functionalities

- prefab styles: article, book, letter, report, slides
- automatic (symbolic) numbering and cross-referencing
- multi-column formatting, with its embedded 1-column occasionally for tables and figures
- automatic generation of Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures
- picture environment
- bibliography environment.

**ams**TeX/LaTeX are the tools of the pace-setting American Mathematical Society.
This publisher adopted and supported the TeX development from the beginning. (See
below under TeX and its publishers.)

L**ams**TeX reimplemented in a flexible way the descriptive LaTeX approach, next to
a general automatic numbering and symbolic referencing scheme, advanced table
macros, and sophisticated commutative diagram macros. See my review of Spivak's
œuvre for more details about the Joy of TeX and L**ams**TeX - The Synthesis. Another
uniform approach to diagrams - spread, grid, and hierarchical - is provided by Gurari
in his DrawTeX.

`manmac.tex`

, Knuth's format, extended into blue.tex, with**pwt**user's guide- LaTeX, descriptive markup, and user's guide
**ams**TeX/LaTeX styles and fonts, with support- L
**ams**TeX - TUGboat styles
- PD software and working environments