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

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 15:29:48 EST 2006

Alan Munn wrote:

> At 2:53 PM -0500 11/29/06, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> Adam Goldstein wrote:
>>> -The NSF (US government) accepts uploads in various formats; 
>>> apparently it automatically re-formats the text into a standard 
>>> style no matter what format you use. PDF is accepted, and so is 
>>> LaTeX source, and Word.
>> That is interesting. Is there anything known about this?
> From my workings with NSF this is not quite true.  NSF proposals are 
> built out of PDF files and the formatting is more or less up to the 
> author.  What is true is that the NSF grant proposal system will 
> accept many document formats and create PDFs out of them.  I've always 
> just made my own PDFs and uploaded them directly.
> Now NSF is being forced into the new anti-Mac grants.gov system (to 
> give you an idea, for the past year the Mac "support" consisted of 
> telling you to run Virtual PC and Windows!) Now they have a Mac 
> "version" of the software with the following disclaimer:
> Software limitations may include:
>     * Occasional crashes and subsequent loss of any unsaved data
>     * Inability to submit large applications (greater than 20-40 MB 
> depending on your system and network)
>     * Inability to run on Intel-based Macs or any Mac OS version prior 
> to 10.4.6
>     * No support for screen readers for visually impaired users
> But this is another rant entirely, and not of much interest to non US 
> readers.

I can't say I am awfully surprised. But this is another rant entirely :-)


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