The tangle program converts a Web source document into a Pascal program that may be compiled in the usual way with the on-line Pascal compiler (e.g., pc(1)). The output file is packed into lines of 72 characters or less, with the only concession to readability being the termination of lines at semicolons when this can be done conveniently.
The Web language allows you to prepare a single document containing all the information that is needed both to produce a compilable Pascal program and to produce a well-formatted document describing the program in as much detail as the writer may desire. The user of Web must be familiar with both TeX and Pascal. Web also provides a relatively simple, although adequate, macro facility that permits a Pascal program to be written in small easily-understood modules.
The command line should have either one or two names on it. The first is taken as the Web file (and .web is added if there is no extension). If there is another name, it is a change file (and .ch is added if there is no extension). The change file overrides parts of the Web file, as described in the Web system documentation.
The output files are a Pascal file and a string pool file, whose names are formed by adding .p and .pool respectively to the root of the Web file name.
Donald E. Knuth, The Web System of Structured Documentation.
Donald E. Knuth, Literate Programming, Computer Journal 27, 97-111, 1984.
Wayne Sewell, Weaving a Program, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989, ISBN 0-442-31946-0.
Donald E. Knuth, TeX for nroff: The Program (Volume B of Computers and Typesetting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13437-3.
Donald E. Knuth, Metafont: The Program (Volume D of Computers and Typesetting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13438-1.
These last two are by far the largest extant examples of Web programs.
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