This FasTeX system of shortcuts contains a core of plain TeX commands common to all three variations of TeX, so plain TeX users may use any of the FasTeX shortcuts.
You are invited to try out the FasTeX shortcut system and to give us some feedback.
Note: In our TUGboat article ``Introduction to FasTEX: A System of Keyboard Shortcuts for the Fast Keying of TEX'', Volume 16, December, 1995, some of the URL information is incorrect because of changes that were needed after the article went to press. The correct links and a copy of the PDF version of the files are listed below. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The FasTeX shortcut system 1993-1997 was based on LaTeX.
In 1998, the shortcuts were revised to accommodate the commands for LaTeX2e.. The basic LaTeX commands remain unchanged. Commands for the preamble section, for example, had to be modified. The LaTeX2e shortcuts can be downloaded from
In 2010, Bernhard Enders implemented the FasTeX Shortcut system in the WinEdt Editor so PC users can now use the same shortcuts. See:
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The links referred to in both the article and the corrigendum are no longer correct. Try these instead:
Mac OS 9 and X up to 10.4
Mac OS X 10.5 and higher
FasTeX for Mac/Unix http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~fastex/
FasTeX for Windows http://www.winedt.org/Macros/LaTeX/FasTeX.php LaTeX2e (2010)