Finding the Wiki (was: Re: [OS X TeX] Tex to rtf converter)
schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 20:06:25 EDT 2010
On Aug 6, 2010, at 7:01 PM, Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD wrote:
> On Aug 6, 2010, at 8:48 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> On Aug 5, 2010, at 5:50 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:
>>> Unlike a mailing list that has as many contributors as posters, a
>>> website (and a wiki) has a limited number of contributors. Both
>>> exist and stay up to date for as long as those contributors are
>>> willing and able to do so. A mailing list is likely to have a
>>> longer life span simply because the pool of contributors is
>>> larger and those cease to contribute are more likely to be replaced.
>>> The wiki is an excellent resource, as are the many other
>>> websites. It is true that a lot that is still out there is no
>>> longer current so please, keep up the good work. It all adds to
>>> what makes TeX a such a great experience. I have delighted in
>>> reading (and keeping) Adam's and others' posts in past. Of course
>>> we all lose patience and need a change and we are are entitled to
>>> choose our destiny.
>> (1) Another difference: I learned mathematics in schools (one-way)
>> but stone work by watching and talking with stone-masons (two-
>> way). I learned LaTeX from Companion 2ed and from LateX-masons
>> (all but one on this list.).
>> (2) I noticed two absences in the wiki: (Note the absence of any
>> joke here.)
>> (a) sage on the mathematics helpers page.
> I'm not sure what sage is.
Google sage and the first item that comes up (but then that may be
because it remembers my looking it up) is
Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software
A free mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It
combines the power of many existing open-source packages into a
common Python-based interface
Did you do that on purpose? (Joke)
I am just beginning to play with it, so to speak, and I think that
there is a way to insert it in LaTeX. If you want, I will try to get
a pointer to it as well, if you think it worth, some of my
observations installing it and starting to use it.
>> (b) a page for pieces of code that do a specific thing. Below are
>> examples of what I mean and which I would post on the wiki should
>> it be appropriate.
> The wiki is intended to focus primarily on the mac aspects of TeX
> and variants, without being harshly restrictive. There is a better
> place, I think, for such, although you could certainly use your own
> home page on the wiki to your hearts content.
T'was just a thought because, as I said, I have re-posted it on
occasion on this list in response to inquiries. And while I was not
even aware of there being home pages on the wiki, trying to keep a
semblance of order on freemathtexts already is a big job for me and
that is the way I try to give back.
> There is a more general wiki at
I will look it up.
> That is quite extensive and seems to be well organized. I had seen
> it a while back, but we haven't a link to it yet (I'll do that
> after sending this). I think we certainly should be pointing to
> this resource prominently as it is likely of interest to all
> readers of our wiki (narrowly focused on Mac users).
That of course is the beauty of the net: you don't have to re-invent
the wheel, you just need to point to someone who already did.
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