[OS X TeX] Re: Macintouch report on TeX versus Word

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 18:59:01 EST 2009

On Jan 23, 2009, at 6:20 PM, david craig wrote:

> Two breif comments:
> First, even if the command-line character were not off-putting to  
> everyone but the geeks, the serious bummer that is fonts is enough  
> to relegate TeX to the margins.  (I'm astonished this point has not  
> figured more prominently in this discussion.)

I thought that XeTeX had taken care of that until the issue of  
accents came up.

> Second, to me one of the principal virtues of TeX is that I expect  
> my tex files to be as comprehensible 100 years from now as they are  
> today. I sincerely doubt that can be said of (*shudder*) Word  
> documents, or even pdf.

It certainly should have been mentioned even if 100 years might be  
asking a bit much. But maybe not having been mentioned was just the  
result of being taken for granted.

> Any front-end to TeX (a la Lyx? TeXtures?) that would undermine  
> this virtue is of no interest to me whatsoever.

You are alluding to something I don't know: is the output of, say,  
LyX not quite TeX?


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