[texworks] TUG front page

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 23:44:59 CEST 2011

The page is now apparently the official entry point for TeXworks, not
Google Code.

> "front-end program"

Some how the whole concept of where TeXworks fits and what the actual
process actually is, has to get across.

A person who has been advised to use pdfLatex may not even recognise that ..

    "> The TeXworks project is an effort to build a simple TeX
front-end program"

..has anything to do with what they are being advised to look for.

At the moment you need to already know what it is all about, to even
get a glimour of what is being meant on the current front page, its
currently a chicken and egg situation as far as understanding goes for
entry level people.

We've had users post here who were not even aware that they needed a
TeX* distribution like MiKTeX to go with TeXworks - some quite
naturally see it as a sort of MS Publisher or InDesign - al in one
package - initially I think!

>"Now it could certainly be rewritten; but someone has to do it..."

Needs a consensus first.



On 5 September 2011 01:09, Arno Trautmann <Arno.Trautmann at gmx.de> wrote:
> Philip TAYLOR (Webmaster, Ret'd) wrote:
>> Joseph Wright wrote :
>>> On 04/09/2011 08:29, Paul A Norman wrote :
>>>> I was just making a link to the TeXworks front page on TUG (
>>>> http://tug.org/texworks/ ), and noticed that it takes about three full
>>>> screen page downs before you even see the word 'Editor' or similar.
>>>> Looking through the eyes of a novice to TeX world ...
>>>> If I didn't actually already know what TeXworks actually does, I might
>>>> have ended up leaving the page before finding out what it actually
>>>> was, and what it could do ! :)
>>>> Paul
>>> I can see what you mean: for a start, there is too much 'news' :-) I
>>> guess that the text was written quite early on, when the technical
>>> detail was more significant.
>> I would seek to play Devil's advocate here : does
>>> Introduction
>>> The TeXworks project is an effort to build a simple TeX front-end program
>> not tell the naïve user what TeXworks is/does ?
> If they know what “front-end program” means, yes. Maybe just the word
> “editor” would help here?
> cheers
> Arno

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