# [texhax] Was pagestyle{empty}; Now is rant on LaTeX documention...

W. Craig Carter ccarter at mit.edu
Fri Mar 31 21:01:14 CEST 2006

>
>> As an occasional LaTeX user, who struggled to get to grips with the
>> earliest releases, and never used it enough to become a 'regular user',
>> and still tends to put {\bf ...} in his documents,
>
> Yes, but, sleep peacefully, you won't go to hell for that!  Nor will your
> LaTeX documents self-destruct.
>

But, you may be subject to public scorn instead?

>
> Anyway, here's another allegory.  There are two ways to learn how to drive a
> car: 1. pay for and take driving leassons; 2. just jump in and have a go.
> Which is the most expensive in the end?
>

How about this as a better allegory: Suppose you are driving through
a foreign country and you've bothered to learn the basics about the
native language.  You have a map of the country, but you get lost in
a mid-sized city.  You work up the nerve and politely ask someone
who probably lives there for directions, and she responds "You fool,
you should have bought a map of this city!" and turns she her back
and walks away.