[OS X TeX] Who should use (La)TeX - who is able to use it?
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Mon Nov 15 21:17:45 EST 2004
Well, yes, but /I/ would say that writing is hard enough as it is.
Still, yes, looking at yourself in print is flattering. I wish, though,
that the output would not be so perfect thereby giving me a chance to
finish my book. I once spent several days formatting long divisions.
They now look a lot better than my first attempt but I don't really have
that sort of time anymore.
Jon Crump wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Nov 2004, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> What almost everybody would like was a WYSIWYG editor which would
>> produce the quality of TeX (better even, because some parts of TeX
>> can do with improvement) but which would be completely GUI in its
> I'm not the most advanced computer user and I too often get frustrated
> with TeX's opacity and wish it were easier to learn how to do
> something in TeX that I haven't done before. On the other hand, one of
> the big reasons I took the trouble to make the leap from
> word-processors to TeX was because I _didn't_ want WYSIWYG. A word
> processor gives the dangerous illusion that your words are beautiful
> right out of the gate -- they're usually not.
> I like the two-stage process of writing with TeX: first you squeeze
> out some words, it's hard, they're not pretty, and this is reflected
> in the way they look on the screen in plain ASCII and coded
> instructions. Then you massage them, edit them, clean them up, and
> then you run them through TeX. Only then do they become beautiful.
> J.J. Crump
> Dept. of History 353560
> University of Washington
> Seattle, WA. 98195
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