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

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Nov 29 15:37:49 EST 2006

Le 29 nov. 06 à 20:23, Victor Ivrii a écrit :

> 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.

Then it must be hard to write research proposals, in case you have to  
do that, cos' fairly often the documents to be filled in are .doc  
files. And even when they aren't, your co-proposers often ask them to  
be converted to .doc files. (And OpenOffice is generally not an  
option, as the documents often contain tables and I've very rarely  
seen tables written in Word come out OK in OpenOffice's Writer.)

I do not like this situation, and I would prefer to work with TeX  
files and have no supplier tie-in, but that's the world we live in.

And there are, of course, all the notes from the various agencies my  
research lab depends on (two universities and a research centre), of  
local government authorities, etc., which generally are distributed  
in the form of .doc email attachments.

Actually the situation is getting better than this, in that more and  
more often .pdf files are used where .doc files would have been used  
exclusively a few years ago. But then, in case you need to edit to  
edit these .pdf files (imagine, for example, a collaborative research  
proposal), then you need to purchase the commercial Acrobat Pro, and  
you're back to where you started from.

Bruno Voisin

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