# [texhax] Running LaTex in xp pro w/ open office

Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Feb 1 18:21:17 CET 2011

Robert Hauser wrote:

Fine, the same platform as that on which I use it.  Did you

> Tutorials only explained symbols used in LaTex but were useless as to
> how to implement software when Open Office is the no recourse desktop
> word processor.

No idea what a "no recourse desktop word processor" is.  Open Office
is, as far as I understand it, some sort of free-in-both-senses
alternative to Microsoft Office.  It has no connection with LaTeX
whatsoever.

> In Greenberg's "Short Intro to LaTex" it makes reference
> to using DOS commands to create a document and the DOS in this system
> refuses to recognize any of it.

It must have been written a very long time ago.

> So I understand that LaTex is not a word processor program but a text
> editor....

No, it is nothing of the sort.  It is a typesetting program, that
accepts human-readable input and produces well-typeset output
(these days, that output is normally PDF).

> fine...but all I've got to work with is Open Office and none
> of the instructions tell me jack squat about how to type up a document
> on Open Office and then "send it" or transmute it or scan it or whatever
> you are supposed to do to LaTex .....and really that is useless anyway
> because I am trying to type documents using mathematical expressions and
> that is next to impossible using Open Office.

I'm sure you have more than Open Office to work on; as you have
XP Pro SP3, you also have Notepad, which is perfect for creating
Live 2010, you also have TeXworks, which is a dedicated front
is another dedicated front end.

> LaTex in the first place was for their supposed ease in writing
> mathematical relationships...

The "ease" of which you speak comes from the fact that you write
what you want to appear, in mnemonic form.  So, for example, for
a square root, you write \sqrt; you don't need to search some
arcane menu trying find out where the square root symbol lives.

> what good is that if they have to first be
> typed up in something like Open Office or DOS?

I'm afraid that not even LaTeX will type your documents
for you (any more than will Open Office) : "nothing in,
nothing out" is more-or-less universal in today's world.

Philip Taylor
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