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

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 15:23:36 EST 2006

Paul Vickers wrote:

>> That is pretty bad. It is like not being able to stand a beautiful  
>> mind in an ugly body. What do the two have to do together?
> Er no, it's not. We're talking about documents here not people. What  
> content and form have to do with each other is that we strive for  
> excellence and want to get our message across in accessible a form as  
> possible. The same goes for our spoken words -- we try to conform to  
> the rules of grammar, clear diction etc. as much as possible because  
> it's easier for our audience. 

The form I want to give to my message is for me to decide. If I want to 
be "diplomatic", that's my decision. I do not allow myself to use bad 
form to reject stuff from students.

> Try telling a graphic designer that  form and content are unrelated....

Yes but that does not entail the graphic designer' viewpoint ought to be 
THE viewpoint.

>>> Others really don't care about the maths so much
>> Now this makes me very unhappy. Just because my handwriting is  
>> terrible, does that imply that my love of mathematics is anything  
>> less than yours?
> No, again, we're talking about typesetting tools, not people. BUT, if  
> you want people to read what you write by hand then it behoves you to  
> write legibly else people won't understand it.

It is certainly in my interest if I write to Cauchy. That Cauchy should 
consider it sine qua non, I deplore.

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