[OS X TeX] Re: Macintouch report on TeX versus Word
David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, CFM
drdbthompson at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 20:41:30 EST 2009
On Jan 23, 2009, at 15:20, david craig wrote:
> 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.
> Vive la plain text!
I hadn't really forgotten this point. But, now that it's raised it is
a principal reason I think plain text is a superior storage form for
anything, data or source. I have some analyses (and data) in old
Quatro Pro worksheets that I now have no idea how to access if I need
them. For this reason, my colleagues and are have our rainfall-runoff
database stored as a set of plain text files. I now use R scripts (in
plain text) for most of my analyses.
I am confident the sources and the data will be available to me later,
even if I change computer systems entirely.
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