[OS X TeX] TeX is not for the faint of heart

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Tue May 4 01:32:51 EDT 2004

On May 4, 2004, at 02:06, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> (1) The first hurdle was to /find/ the stuff. It is not as easy as you 
> may think as I did not know the language and the references. I mean 
> the language common on this board for instance. (But I must say that 
> those who helped me here did to a large extent take my ignorance in 
> consideration). For instance just read Kevin Walzer's post but I am 
> sure that it wouldn't have made any sense to me, say a month ago. 
> Which is why I mentioned the "notes" I took and why I took them. My 
> notes mention, for instance "why an editor? what is the engine?" I 
> kept reading that TeX was a typesetting language and not a 
> wordprocessor as if it made obvious sense. Well, /now/ it does but 
> keep in mind that all I had ever used was MacWrite (what a joy, these 
> were the days) and MS Word (what a pain, right from the very 
> beginning.)

What is your opinion on the introduction to what TeX is on 


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