[OS X TeX] TeX is not for the faint of heart
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Tue May 4 09:12:58 EDT 2004
I did "read" it. (I believe it is your page.) Twice.
The first time was /at the very beginning/ of my "quest" and it did not
make much /practical/ sense to me. For instance:
TeX is a typesetting language. /Yeah, but I want to /write!
Instead of visually formatting your text, you type your text
combined with commands in a plain text file. etc. /That much I know./
These macros make life easy for you. /I suppose, all is relative .../
The example that follows was quite intimidating.
After running the TeX program on that source ... I /am supposed to
run a program?/
As indeed you yourself, acknowledge:
The above may seem complicated. But ...
Then, here comes the real blow:
So, to use TeX you need basically 4 things:
* An editor to edit plain text (enter your text and your TeX
* The TeX programs for your platform (binaries and scripts)
* A TeX foundation collection (macro's, formats, fonts, etc.)
* A way to view the result
/Look, I don't give a damn about beauty, if MS Word was not so bad and
even so if I could stay with it I would./
Joking apart, all your explanations are very good but not for "the rest
of us". Consider the chilling effect of the next paragraph:
TeX normally produces device independent DVI file format from the
ASCII TeX source. To view or print DVI, the device independent data
needs to be translated to a device. For instance an X11 or Windows
user interface, or a PostScript or Laserjet printer. Sometimes, the
users have to produce a printer format first (like PostScript),
which then again is rendered on the screen by a PostScript viewer
The second time I read it was when I was trying to figure out what had
happened to the rtf2latex2e converter that I had i-installed. By the
way, I hate to say it here, out of desperation, I even sent you an email.
So, again, now that I see the magnitude of it all, I thank you for
having done the i-Installer but, forgive me for saying so, I hope to see
the day when it will cease to be /necessary/.
Gerben Wierda wrote:
> 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.)
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