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

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 15:10:34 EST 2006

Victor Ivrii wrote:

> On 11/29/06, Alain Schremmer <Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Victor Ivrii wrote:
>> > In mathematics we can reject outright any documents in M$W and any
>> > message containing M$W attachments. I also if someone presents using
>> > M$PP and it is poorely visible (which almost  always happens),first
>> > ask the speaker to read this part loudly, on the third instance I
>> > leave the room
>> While this is certainly your right, I do not like the undertone. Do you
>> mean any more than that? Are you saying that anyone writing in MS Word
>> should be barred in any way? I hope not.
> If the text/presentation due to poor quality is hard for my eyes I
> reserve the right not read/don't watch it.

In general, of course, yes.

> So, I do not discriminate against M$W or M$PP but only against the
> usual outcome of their use.

I don't get it. This reminds me of the argument: No gun control because 
guns don't kill, people do.

> If someone sends by email  the text in M$W despite warning that it is
> not accepted format, attachments goes to trash without reading and the
> author is treated like a spammer.

Now I understand why Cauchy would not read Galois' letter: he treated 
him like a spammer.

My point is the following.

I am a failed mathematician but I still owe a debt to society inasmuch 
as it gave me my chance. So, I am always on the lookout for  students 
who will end up being better mathematicians than myself. Their 
handwriting is usually pretty bad but I am not about to complain any 
more than a physician would about the bad health habits of her patients. 
And I consider that I owe it to the other students too to achieve their 
potential to the utmost. (Hence the magnum opus.)

I understand that Galois' handwriting must have been hard on the eyes of 
poor Cauchy but it incumbed on Cauchy to read Galoid anyhow.

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