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

Edi Senn edisenn at freesurf.ch
Thu May 6 06:51:49 EDT 2004


there is a German document that serves as a introduction into 
TeXShop/tetex for beginners.


> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] TeX is not for the faint of heart
> From: "Will Robertson" <will at mecheng.adelaide.edu.au>
> Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 13:21:22 +0930
> I like your document as a reference for existing LaTeX users beginning
> with Mac OS X, but for beginners it's like "Do this or this or this or
> this, your choice. Now do that or that or that or that. Your choice."
> And they scream. (But I re-iterate: good for existing LaTeX users.)
> What I think is necessary is a page the front of MacTeX that says very
> plainly "Want TeX for Mac OS X? You need to download two things:
> i-Installer, which installs the TeX foundation for you; and TeXShop,
> which you use for writing your LaTeX documents." Once they've got going
> they can experiment with other solutions.
> Then once they have i-Installer and TeXShop, they need a simple what's
> what with Mac OS X TeX (input: text, output: pdf. Use LaTeX packages to
> improve functionality. --- Just the very basics, these are the fonts
> installed, etc like what I posted earlier). Finally, after this, they
> need a *template* that shows them the best way of going about things,
> heavily annotated for explanation.
> Right now I'm too busy to actually write this, but in a few weeks I'll
> be okay, I reckon. But if people think it's a waste of time (not
> sufficiently helpful) then I'll not bother.
> Will

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