[OS X TeX] A question from a new member

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Mon Oct 16 22:28:16 CEST 2006

Paul Vickers wrote:

> 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.

Indeed, now I recall that something like that happened to me when I 
upgraded—so to speak—from whatever to x (2001) which is why, even before 
LaTeX got into the picture, I swore that I would keep x (2001) on the 
mac I was using then and hope I would die before it. But I never found 
out about any service pack and so the nightmare was not a "little" one.

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

I /still/ have documents with lists numbered along the lines of 1, ‡, 3, 
delta, %, 6, @

> 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.

I am sticking with book and whatever font comes with the most basic 
installation and … this list. So, the little hair I have left stays.

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

Same here.

:-) :-) :-) :-)

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