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

Robert Bruner rrb at
Sat Oct 14 10:40:52 EDT 2006

Claus Gerhardt wrote: 

> For those who write mathematical texts, i.e., for mathematicians and  
> physicists, I recommend using the amsart documentclass for articles  
> and amsbook for books. The AMS has an excellent TeX page where one  
> can find templates for downloading, pdf documentation for AMSLatex  
> where every command and (almost) every trick of typesetting  
> mathematics is explained.
> In case one needs to customize the class files the AMS tex support is  
> very helpful and competent, it helped me twice to find a solution  
> when I couldn't figure out how to do it.

I have to second these remarks.  A colleague and I wrote a 125 page
document in a homebrew environment we had cobbled together rather
randomly over the years.  When we switched to the AMS memoir format (a
variant of amsbook, I suspect) the formatting improved substantially.
Srating with a good format like this greatly reduces the amount of
hand-tweaking required.

Further, the production staff at AMS made small modifications in the
final production process which improved readability further.  They
are truly an excelent resource.

Bob Bruner

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