LaTeX, MS Word, asking questions, LyX (was Re: [OS X TeX] 1/2" margins)

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at
Thu Oct 12 15:08:22 EDT 2006

Herbert Schulz wrote:

> Just curious... Can you give an example of any support forum/list  
> that isn't a ``club''?

Yes but, aside from this one, I am only on two lists which, having to do 
with so-called "math education" certainly do not have the "club 
mentality" as, at my great frustration, they are only about 
inconsequential bits of triviality like "Would you believe one of my 
students made that stupid mistake" - "Ho, Ho, Ho" - "Well my students 
did that even more stupid mistake" - "Ho, Ho, Ho" etc ad nauseam.

> I'm not sure ``all'' can ever be ``well'' in the LaTeX world; most  
> folks have no perceived need for good typesetting or are either not  
> willing or able to devote the time necessary to achieve the quality  
> of TeX's typesetting. For most folks, it seems, WYSIAYG (What You See  
> Is All You Get) is just plain good enough. Not much appreciation for  
> the printed word out there any more---at least in the US.

There is clearly a great love of "good typesetting" on this list and I 
still have Knuth's Tex and Metafont. But this is not the only reason one 
might have for using LaTeX (That's my case). And when one is forced, one 
way or the other, to use LaTeX, one tends to agree with Voisin's "less 
time spent learning and customizing  LaTeX  and more time spent using it".

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