[OS X TeX] your wiki needs you?

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 18:01:49 EDT 2008

On Sep 17, 2008, at 5:28 PM, Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD wrote:

> On Sep 17, 2008, at 5:01 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> On Sep 17, 2008, at 4:25 PM, Dr. Clea F. Rees wrote:
>>> On Wed 17th Sep, 2008 at 12:43, Maarten Sneep seems to have written:
>>>> <snip>
>> Considering that, once upon a not too distant time, I was in the  
>> category "starting out with TeX", I absolutely agree with the  
>> above even though I am pretty sure I had no idea what a "front  
>> end" was.
>> Perhaps something like "integrated systems", in which the editor  
>> and the viewer work with each other out of the box, e.g. TeXShop +  
>> Preview, might be useful and you could even have a sub page  
>> entitled "synchronized systems".
> Thus the page 'Getting Started'. I would hope that page would  
> attract new users and is sufficient to kick start this understanding.

True, but I think that you still vastly the admittedly fear driven  
lack of understanding of people considering a possible alternative to  
MS Word. This is of course not to belittle the page 'Getting Started'.

> "Integrated systems" would really require octave for me, so.... no  
> integrated system exists (I do all my plots using octave via  
> gnuplot). Therein lies the problem. 'Front Ends' doesn't have an  
> alternative meaning in people's minds, so we can define it (as has  
> been for years) and put the definition right at the front 'getting  
> started'.

I have no quarrel with this (I am using gnuplot but … ). However, the  
definition only appears on the fourth line of "Front Ends". And how  
about, indeed, "combined systems"?

> TeXShop + Preview is certainly a combination that could use a page  
> on it's own. Someone just has to jump in and start writing it up  
> (staying within the principles of the wiki- see guidelines for  
> editing)

> FYI: TeXshop doesn't work out of the box. You have to install a  
> distribution as well.

By the way, although it is now an eternity old, is it possible that,  
with due and dire warning, my piece


might still be relevant to "Getting started"?

And now for the expected disclaimer: I am so ignorant that, every  
time I have to update something on freemathtexts.org I procrastinate  
as long as I possibly can and then cling desperately to my desk as I  
press the final button. So, to my great shame, I must confess that my  
nerves could not take editing the wiki. For instance, I don't even  
know what a "redirect" is. And yes, I agree, I could learn, but as  
some on this list are aware, my learning speed is that of a very slow  
turtle. At best.

Rueful regards

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