LaTeX, MS Word, asking questions, LyX (was Re: [OS X TeX] 1/2" margins)

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Thu Oct 12 23:06:32 CEST 2006

William Adams wrote:

>On Oct 12, 2006, at 3:12 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
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>>So then, again, why not a "LaTeX light"—and I mean a markup one as
>>there is no obvious incompatibility?
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>Well, doesn't one get that w/ say by reading lshort and ignoring any
>desire for anything beyond what's shown in it?
>
>I mean fundamentally, one doesn't _need_ to do anything more than:
>
>\documentclass{minimal}
>\begin{document}
>This is a very simple LaTeX document, in which one need merely
>remember that certain characters have special meanings, so watch out
>for the \$and \% signs. >\end{document} > > True but that isn't quite the issue which is two-fold: 1) you miss, say, one$, and your are dead and 2) the temptation to improve comes very
quickly :-)

>But managing one's references, or typing up any complex math quickly
>becomes a pain.
>
>That said, have you looked at any of the _really_ simple ASCII markup
>schemes? Some of them have options for conversion to LaTeX if memory
>serves. Txt2tags for example?
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OK, OK, I never said I wanted to switch! I never said I wanted a "LaTeX
light" for /myself/! :-)

(But, as I wrote back then, I think that there lots of people with a
need to write mathematics a bit better than they can with Word and who
be easy to "win over" with a "LaTeX light"—like some of my students)

Regards
--schremmer

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