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

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Thu Nov 30 05:34:50 EST 2006

On 11/30/06, Massimiliano Gubinelli <mgubi at mac.com> wrote:
> On 30 Nov 2006, at 10:54, Franck Pastor wrote:
> >
> > Le 30-nov.-06 à 10:24, Massimiliano Gubinelli a écrit :
> >
> >>
> >> "serious documents requires LaTeX" (a previous post)
> >>
> >
> > It was mine. I meant only that raw LaTeX is necessary even when you
> > use Lyx. And I often use TeXMacs (when I use Maxima, precisely).
> > Its only problem seems to be the lack of choice for fonts...
> >
> >
> I didn't meant to criticize your statement, it was just to have a
> starting point. I use LaTeX (emacs+TeXniscope or TeXshop) myself and
> I'm just learning TeXmacs but it came to me as a revelation the
> possibility of "freeing" TeX typesetting algorithms from the crypting
> TeX language.
> As far as I understand Lyx is still a two-headed system (you write on
> one side and the you see the "real" result), much like  latex-preview
> mode in emacs. In TeXmacs you edit and see the same thing: i.e. the
> tree of boxes laid out by the typesetter. The markup language is  a
> complete serial representation of this tree structure.
> massimiliano

In html world majority of WYSIWYG editors produce a lame and ugly
code. I have a suspicion that this is the case with any markup
language. WYSIWYG usually is good as the first approximation, tuning
up requires manual code-editing. At least it is my experience.

Victor Ivrii, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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