[texhax] TeX v. Word, etc.
mbarr at Math.McGill.CA
Mon Aug 21 13:52:09 CEST 2006
Naturally this list will not find many to argue the Word side, but let me
add what I consider one of the more important reasons to prefer TeX. Take
a Word file from 20 years ago and try to read it with any software around
today. I recently took a paper of mine from 1986, written for an early
version of Latex2. I was able to bring it up to 2e in about a half hour
and it took that long only because I used a couple of exotic fonts and had
to figure out the NFSS. Even more impressive was a book done in a beta
version of Latex and published in 1984. It took more work, but only
because I redid all the diagrams into diagxy. The editor had originally
made up macros for them, but we never got them. Had we, it would have
been much faster.
Actually, the above is mainly true for any markup language. The source is
in ASCII and can be manipulated by any editing program.
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