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