[OS X TeX] MacTeX and LaTeX package documentation

Rowland McDonnell rjmm-lists1 at fireflyuk.net
Sat Oct 14 05:40:08 CEST 2006

> Le 13-oct.-06 à 13:22, Rowland McDonnell a écrit :
> >
> >> You also may use the "texdoc" command. "texdoc babel", in the
> >> Terminal, opens the "TeX Catalogue online"'s section for Babel's
> >> documentation.
> >
> > Well, yes, I tried that, but I must say that:
> >
> > Babel: Multilingual support for LaTeX
> > The author is Johannes Brahms
> >
> > doesn't look like user documentation to me.
> Sorry, I should have added that, once the TeX Catalogue Online  
> relevant page is displayed, you have to click the symbol representing  
> a pdf file to get the documentation.

Thank you - I did get that information eventually.

It's not at all obvious what those pictures are there for.  It didn't
occur to me that they could have any function at all.  They don't look
like functional elements to me: they look like decoration.  I certainly
didn't see them as having any *meaning*.  I looked for words and links,
and couldn't see any words that would help me or links that would take
me anywhere.

I was assuming that anything useful would be indicated by some words
somewhere, but the Web page is designed so that the useful words are not
displayed unless you hold your mouse over each icon in turn, which I
find *really* annoying.

I mean, I've got eyes and a brain - let me use them!  Display all this
text at once, eh?  That way, I don't have to get each remark displayed
and then noted in a document to explain how the damned Web page works!

Argh!  It's *awful*, it really is.  So much gratuitous pain, which could
be so easily avoided by just putting the words on the Web page in the
sensible fashion, but oh no, we've got to have `pretty pictures'.  Pfft.
Well, pretty pictures don't mean a thing.

But that's not anything to do with this mailing list, I know - this is
just a general bleat of frustration at yet another gratuitous obstacle
placed in the way of a user trying to learn how to use TeX these days.

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