brock at quantifier.org
Fri Oct 1 14:59:06 CEST 2004
well, i guess that doesnt really answer my question. but my question was
one, what's the difference between tex and latex. if its simple, i
suppose i could use tex. i know enough about latex to know that if i
follow the rules, put all the code in the right place, do a
that it'll spit me out a .dvi that looks like i want. And i dont know
second part was "Hi, i'm about to make my syllabus for next semester, does
anyone use latex for this job? and if so, can I see your .tex file so i
can use it as a guide?" what i actually did was google for syllabus.tex
and got about 20 of them, so i'll be fine either way. Just thought
someone might have something they're proud of, or a bit of explicit
knowledge they'd like to share.
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On Fri, 1 Oct 2004, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> "bobby" top-posted:
> > On Thu, 30 Sep 2004, Walt Burkhard wrote:
> > > how about tex rather than latex?
> > you know, call me a newbie, but i'm not too clear on the difference.
> > i know that latex is just tex with a buch of macros already defined,
> > but i dont really know the difference.
> thus far you're right.
> > maybe if someone can sum them up, i'd learn that tex would be good enough.
> the typeset documented source, with indexes, comes to something in the
> order of 700pp of a4. a convenient summing-up might be "they're
> pretty complicated". which really isn't enough; learning tex is a
> good precursor of learning how to duplicate the functionality of
> latex, but latex has a lot of useful structures embedded in it that
> are useful stuff for the knowledgeable programmer.
> > to add, i could write my own in latex, but most of what i do is articles
> > and papers, and i suspect that if i just wrote it in article class, it
> > would not be the most efficient way to go about it. that's why i ask for
> > some models.
> a self-confessed newbie is well-advised to look for examples. but, as
> when i was starting (pre-ctan[*], on my simple problem of memorandum
> macros) there don't seem to me to be any publicly-available examples
> of syllabus macros. so you're stuck with doing a deeper search than i
> have (i just used http://www.tex.ac.uk/CTANfind.html), or ploughing
> ahead on your own.
> [*] when i started there wasn't any www, either; to look further than
> i have, i would suggest google (or whatever).
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