[OS X TeX] MacTeX and LaTeX package documentation

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Sat Oct 14 08:38:04 CEST 2006

On 14.10.2006, at 05:40, Rowland McDonnell wrote:

>> 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.

It's hard to believe that you've never seen a PDF icon before or that  
you meaning of a folder icon has been hidden to you until now. After,  
you're using a Mac, don't you?
> 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.

It's called graphical user interface, it was made popular by some  
kind of fruit company some years ago.

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