[OS X TeX] TeX is not for the faint of heart
bvoisin at mac.com
Tue May 4 11:00:16 EDT 2004
Le 4 mai 04, à 16:24, Michael S. Hanson a écrit :
> Yes, but in the second part of my comment (not quoted here),
Sorry, I did not intend to distort your point, I was just trying to
make the post as short as possible.
> I suggested what I still think is a better alternative: at the
> conclusion of the base TeX installation with i-Installer,
> automatically (in non-expert mode) open a web page with some basic
> documentation. I think such immediate feedback (more in-your-face, if
> you will) is preferable to dumping stuff onto the Desktop
> (particularly for those with really cluttered desktops, or those --
> like myself -- that never use it). Plus, it would be easier to
> maintain updates of this documentation if it is on-line, it could be
> made more Mac OS X specific (see below), and while one or two
> documents could be highlighted (the cathedral), additional resources
> could be referenced as well (the bazaar). And, with the documentation
> available on-line (much of it already in PDF form), linking directly
> to those would help keep the TeX i-Package "slimmer".
My reticence towards a web online documentation is twofold:
- URLs come and go, a document may change address or stop begin
- As far as possible, I prefer things to be self-contained. To know
that when I install a piece of software there is everything inside that
I will need to operate it properly, rather than having to gather
complementary pieces from here, there and everywhere.
Plus, the most efficient way that I know of, for working on something
urgent effectively, is to switch off all network connection, and work
offline for a couple of hours or days, until everything is finished. I
do this at times (obviously not today!).
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