# [OS X TeX] Faint of heart ...

Tue May 4 10:30:53 EDT 2004

```On Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at 10:10  AM, Eric Steed wrote:

> I almost hesitate to chime in here, I've only been a subscriber for
> a little over a year, and have been struggling to learn OS X TeX
> for only two or three ...

With LyX, one need not learn TeX if one merely gets a style setup and a
matching layout file for LyX to use.

Then it's merely a matter of tagging all the text in LyX and relying on
LaTeX to do all of the formatting.

> And yet, with an IQ of a little less than 147 and a background in
> typographic design, I am still quite lost ...

- document-level markup --- this should be adapted to the document at
hand and is matched by:
- a LaTeX documentclass and appropriate packages and any macros
specific to the job which in turn is processed by:
- LaTeX proper which is implemented and gets much of its typographic
capabilities form
- TeX

Or just use Plain TeX. It's hard to get simpler than:

This is set in plain \TeX.
\vfill
\eject
\bye

I didn't know much TeX when I got started here a couple of years ago,
and am still waiting for my copy of the LaTeX Companion to arrive, but
with a bit of judicious searching in http://groups.google.com one can
manage to find the answer to any query on LaTeX (and the odd bit of
gratuituous latex-fetish pornography :(

As a recent example of this, look up Daniel Kaplan's book which was the
last we did here --- it was the first where I really tried and
succeeded to do things in the proper LaTeX way and it made things much
easier:

http://www.macalester.edu/~kaplan/ScientificProgramming/index.html

If you can find the book in a bookstore or library check out pgs.
44--46.

> It's simple more effective for me to set type by hand ...

I really wish I could find a small tabletop press to go w/ all the type
I've accumulated or been given....

Even so, I'm probably not going to be using it to print thousands of
copies of a 560 pg. book.

William

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