[OS X TeX] Setting up dissertation text
cskiadas at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 22:06:34 EDT 2008
On Apr 8, 2008, at 6:00 PM, Salvatore Enrico Indiogine wrote:
> On 08/04/2008, brian at pongonova.net <brian at pongonova.net> wrote:
>> Don't be so sure of this :) I had to fight very hard to have my
>> committee accept PDF files generated via LaTeX (I'm working on my
>> and the education folks simply did not have the slightest clue of
>> I wanted to do, even after explaining it to them several
>> times...they typical response was "What? No Microsoft Word? How can
>> you possibly write a dissertation without Word?")
>> I've noticed many of the list participants here are math/CS
>> related...I would imagine LaTeX has a much higher level of
>> in these programs than in liberal arts programs...
> I am in the College of Education and I feel your pain. Using
> spreadsheets is advanced here, and if you have a Mac then you are
> super-advanced. The IT people here only support XP and lock the
> machines down so much that they are worthless. Unless you use Word,
> that is.
> They use Word for everything, and I mean everything. They even embed
> images in Word and the send it as attachment instead of just attaching
> the image file!
(Warning, possible rant following)
First off, I would have to take offence (in a friendly manner that
is) at not including mathematics in the liberal arts. According to
our universal source of knowledge these days (http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Liberal_arts), mathematics accounts for three of hte originally
7 "liberal arts".
But to get back to the point, I was assuming that the dissertation
format requirements are college-wide, the same across disciplines, in
which case I would hope, for their shake, that the math department at
Brown has already solved this problem in a way that everyone can
benefit, instead of reinventing the wheel. So I would suggest
contacting someone there. If the dissertation format requirements are
different across disciplines, then I wish you good luck with it.
Going back off-topic, I feel it is partly our duty to educate our
colleagues about the benefits of using latex, especially for large
projects, and the productivity benefits that arise from this. I think
there was a thread here on this in the not too distant past. I too am
in an environment where the mac and anything not starting with micro
are dirty words, and I use every opportunity I get to educate my
colleagues. Frankly, I would think that simply seeing a single page
justified on both sides, and how it looks in LaTeX versus that other
thing, should be evidence enough.
I actually would consider it very oppressive to force you to use what
is an inferior product that reduces your productivity for what is
essentially your life's work. You should have the freedom to select
your working environment for the production of your thesis, and this
is very much part of this environment. I consider would forcing you
to use Word just as restrictive, or probably even more restrictive,
than, for instance, preventing you to check books out from the library.
Anyway I'll probably stop here, I could rant for quite a while on
this topic, because I am sick and tired of people using something
simply because they don't want to consider the alternatives, which is
a mentality I hate to see in academics, but I should probably stop
since I am likely preaching to the choir here.
> Enrico Indiogine
> Mathematics Education
> Texas A&M University
> hindiogine at gmail.com
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
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