[latexrefman] physical paper vs online

Hefferon, Jim S. jhefferon at smcvt.edu
Sun Aug 15 23:50:51 CEST 2021

Yeah, I don't set myself up as a great stylist, but "physical paper" is motiviated by my Linear Algebra book, in which shading a theorem can be inconsistent in the physical copies mailed to people by, for instance, Amazon.  So the two terms seem right, to me.


We are altering the EULA.  Pray we don't alter it any further.

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In the same revision as your jobname edits you changed the terms used,
where « paper » was replaced by « physical paper » and PDF by « online
». I know that these terms are commonly used, no debate about this,
however they just surprise me (well, not being an English speaker, I
don't really think that I have my word to say…).
Online communication is also submitted to the laws of physics, in this
resource limitted world we should not make any assumption on what is
less physical. And online just sounds as if you had to be connected to
some network, whereas it is physically possible to read a PDF with a
portable PC running on battery on a desert island.

I would just say « paper document » and « electronic document ». They
sound to me both more clear and more common both in English and in
French where the litteral translation « document papier » and «
document électronique » is widely used.

Any objection to this change ?

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