# [NTG-context] strange output in math display mode

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Wed Dec 23 16:52:22 CET 2015

On 12/22/2015 8:24 PM, Alan BRASLAU wrote:
> Wolfgang,
>
> Can you explain to us why it should be preferable for ConTeXt users to
> employ \frac12 rather than the native TeX construction {1\over 2}?
> I understand that the macro \frac does some additional trickery but the
> two constructions should *always* yield identical results (when
> keyed-in properly).
>
> Of course, Donald Knuth disagrees with \frac from the point of view
> of the aesthetics of the syntax.

Are you sure he disagrees? For instance \frac {12} {34} is less code
than { {12} \over {34} } and all over the texbook (and web code)
shortcuts are used. Afaik his idea of TeX is that users should do what
they like best.

Hans

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