[texworks] Beginners' needs (was: Lua scripting)

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Jun 18 00:01:03 CEST 2009

On 16 June 2009 David J. Perry wrote:

 > a. The manual that Alain wrote does a fine job of teaching people
 > how to actually use the TeXworks front end.  True beginners need
 > some additional information to get them started in the TeX world.
 > One example: it took me a while to understand the differences
 > between the various "dialects" of TeX, which is obviously a very
 > important piece of information; until you understand that you have
 > no idea what those options in the Typesetting dialog are all about.

But people don't install TeXworks before they know what TeX actually
is.  Is 


not sufficient?  I agree with you that it's senseless to duplicate

However, I've already seen files called "install.texi".  If you ever
found out how to install a particular program, then you are able to
read the installation instructions.  Of course, there is always a file
called "INSTALL" in the top level directory and you actually don't
need anything else.  At least not "install.texi".

Similarly, I don't think that a document describing different TeX
dialects should be part of the TeXworks distribution.  People have to
read it *before* they install anything.  And it's not related to
TeXworks at all.  People also don't install TeX Live if they don't
know what it's good for.


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