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

Franck Pastor pastor at fusl.ac.be
Wed Nov 29 06:06:42 EST 2006

Le 29-nov.-06 à 11:56, Anthony Morton a écrit :

>> 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.

It already exists. MacTeX, for example, on the Mac. Combined with a  
frontend like Lyx.

But if one wants to be really efficient, he will have to learn some  
LaTeX "programming". And most people are simply not ready or too  
scared to learn even a small bunch of commands ...

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