[OS X TeX] A question from a new member

Paul Vickers paul.vickers at unn.ac.uk
Mon Oct 16 21:35:52 CEST 2006

Alain Schremmer wrote:
  > I am surprised MS Word didn't trash it.

Oh, believe me, it tried! The worst problem was when I foolishly 
'upgraded' from Word 2000 to Word 2002 - I ran into a lovely problem 
where it trashed all of my paragraph styles by appending multiple 
instances of the word 'char' to them: I had 'body text', 'body text 
char', 'body text char char' and so on. Accidentally discovering Office 
Service Pack 2 fixed that little nightmare, but not after far too much 
hair pulling.

Oh, and don't get me started on Word's list handling.  Why on earth can 
it not avoid messing up list numbering?

At least with LaTeX the hair pulling comes in trying to discover how to 
change the font of the page number on the first page of a chapter in the 
Memoir class - nothing that destroys your work and you can always live 
with the problem for a while. Once Word gets its claws in it's too late.

At least working with Word instilled a rigorous backup mentality in me!


Dr P. Vickers BSc PhD CEng MIEE ILTM
Reader in Human-Computer Interaction

School of Computing, Engineering, & Information Sciences
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