[OS X TeX] Faint of heart ...
eriboni at ozone.ch
Tue May 4 13:23:44 EDT 2004
Le 4 mai 04, à 16:10, Eric Steed a écrit :
> 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 ...
> And yet, with an IQ of a little less than 147 and a background in
> typographic design, I am still quite lost ...
> It's simple more effective for me to set type by hand ...
I do not know enough about TeX itself, but for LaTeX, IMHO it may not
be for the faint of heart but it is for those weak in typography and
design: as in my case, my IQ is not even worth mentioning as it is
desperately average, I never took a class in typographic design or
anything related to typesetting, and ... LaTeX allows me to give the
illusion I am capable of producing good looking documents. It's more
than an illusion, thought, the documents do look great. Maybe we should
start advertizing LaTeX to the "not faint of hearth, but low-to-average
IQ's and with low to nonexisting typesetting and document design skills
but who are looking to a software with the skills they do not possess".
Anyway, it is true that the beginner is overwhelmed by packages & other
difficult choices. That's why I made a small Web page in French I think
I mentioned already on this list, for people who want to start with
LaTeX outside of Academia. And I am hoping to get some ideas to improve
it in the present discussing.
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