[OS X TeX] Macintouch report on TeX versus Word

Alex Hamann mailinglist at alex-hamann.de
Wed Jan 21 20:04:32 EST 2009

On 22.01.2009, at 00:52, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> On Jan 21, 2009, at 7:05 PM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:
>> Let me recap this thread:
>> We love latex, so much so that when we touch Word (rarely, mind  
>> you) we feel the guilt of betraying someone beautiful. So, what if  
>> NASA does not share this obsession?
>> Oh my goodness -  did I just use "latex" and "obsession" in the  
>> same email?
> I don't think you can ever be forgiven for saying "beautiful"  
> rather than "absolutely and totally perfect".
> Regards
> --schremmer

Well, I just had to write a paper in OpenOffice instead of LaTeX  
because at my department here they think that you can only make  
electronic comments in .doc files.  I reassure you that after having  
manually formatted my bibliography (just a small one, about 30 items)  
and about 50 footnotes I did not feel like I had betrayed anyone. I  
just felt frustrated and regretted that I had to deal with an  
unpleasant task of manually formatting where LaTeX/BibTeX and their  
front-ends would have made life a lot easier. So excuse my  
stubbornness but it is not all about justifying a rare interest for  
the sake of beauty.
But then again it seems pointless to have to make such a remark on a  
mailing list like this and this thread is going increasingly OT. So  
I'll leave it there and of course you are free to dislike Word at a  
different degree than I do.


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