[OS X TeX] TeX and the wild wild world out there
Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 15:16:32 EST 2006
Paul Vickers wrote:
> I only meant aesthetically unacceptable -- case in point, I still
> read the thesis and it was really quite good.
I am truly glad.
> I am just saying that the maths bits looked horrible and that made it
> harder to read.
I have no doubt.
> Hell, I even us MSWord myself (though less and less). In July I sent
> magnum opus to the publisher, all 200,000 words and all written with
> MSWord. It looks nice 'cause I spent a lot of time on the template.
> What pi$ $sed me off were the bugs: the numbered lists that kept
> resetting themselves; the indented lists that kept changing their
> indents; the wonderful master document feature that keeps wanting to
> put new chapters on left hand pages despite instructions to the
> opposite, etc. etc. Oh, and the (albeit very few) equations in it
> look horrible 'cause they're set in Equation Editor.
I gave Word up entirely.
> I have started redoing them all in LaTeX Equation Service and
> importing the PDFs.
> So, to sum up: Word is a pain a) 'cause its maths is ugly
> and b) 'cause its bugs make you pull your hair out in frustration.
Even truer and that's probably why I have so little hair left.
> Of course, LaTeX wastes similar amounts of time in learning how to
> do things that are simply in Word but the advantage is that a) once
> learnt I now know how to do it and b) it doesn't keep changing its
> mind like Word.
LaTeX's permanence is indeed a great plus. (So far?)
> I never meant to come across as a LaTeX bigot: people can use Word as
> much as they like. But lets not ignore its negatives.
Of course not. I sure didn't. It is the stone casting that I dislike.
And the fact that anyone saying that, possibly, LaTeX's "steep learning
curve" may not be necessary or unavoidable is likely to be flamed.
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