[OS X TeX] Next generation TeX

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Wed Sep 8 14:52:55 CEST 2004


I couldn't agree more. Specifically,

(1) There could be "superpackages". For instance, "Mathfree 
superpackage", "Highschool Math superpackage", etc…
(2) The input could be made to work and look say like MS Word with TeX's 
finetuning appearing only in the pdf output.

I am not advocating the "closed box appliance" that Steve Job wanted the 
Mac to be, back around 1986—I started with the 256—but, as I have 
written before, in my view, THE issue is, essentially, whether or not 
LaTeX is to remain for the select few. The great unwashed are not going 
to beat a path to it but if, Mahomet like, LaTeX wishes to go to the 
mountain, it is going to have to be a lot more user friendly than it is.

I wouldn't be able to brag that I am learning TeX anymore but then it 
would be nice to have my "undeveloped" students write to me about their 
mathematical woes.

Regards
--schremmer

Will Robertson wrote:

> On the general subject, I still believe that there are great strides 
> that can be made unifying the huge number of packages required for a 
> basic LaTeX setup; and I believe there is still a very large scope for 
> editor innovations for displaying the text-only logical content of our 
> documents.
>
> Will
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