[OS X TeX] TeX and the wild wild world out there

Anthony Morton amorton at fastmail.fm
Wed Nov 29 05:56:37 EST 2006

> Thus, within a decade, it seems TeX has turned from a de-facto 
> standard into an afterthought. This reminded me of the discussion we 
> had some time ago here, about Word being considered more and more as 
> good enough even for academic mathematical prose.

All that's happened is that Word has evolved to where it can produce 
acceptable math typesetting.  It's still ugly as hell but at least it's 
legible.  As a result many people, who would previously have taken on 
the LaTeX learning curve because there was no alternative if they 
needed their papers to be readable, no longer see the need.  Nothing on 
the LaTeX side has changed, it's just that there's now a passable 
alternative for those who don't care to learn it.

This emphasises the need for a foolproof LaTeX distribution that anyone 
with half a brain can install and learn the basics of.

Tony M.
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