[OS X TeX] overview of what TeX is producing

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Tue Mar 1 13:28:20 EST 2005

Bob Kerstetter wrote:

> My short answer. TeX nicely formats text, tables and graphics by word 
> paragraph and page. It does this because Donald Knuth and now the TeX 
> open source community care about the way things look and they study 
> typography before coding.

One and a half additional reason:
 - I like things that are done "not for profit" and the kind of people 
who do them even if, occasionally, they indulge in the "club" mentality. 
So, while I am not particularly keen on the esthetics of TeX, I like the 
idea of a collective enterprise that is only collective in its premisses 
and its outcome but is not a gulag.
 - And then, the inevitable, but half, utilitarian reason. I want 
eventually to upload my book and, for a GPL, any proprietory software 
is, rightfully, out.

Which by the way,  would seem to rule out XeTeX.

And which calls for: what is a non-proprietory source drawing format?

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