[OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?
gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Mon Oct 23 18:52:53 CEST 2006
The internet (together with nowadays powerful computers) belong to
the great culture achievements which changed the way we communicate
and find, retrieve and publish information. I would be severely
hampered in my work without access to the internet, like most of us.
Hence, these scenarios being without access to the internet, either
by fate or by determination, seem to me unrealistic and unconvincing
as an argument.
An example of software, which you call nice, coming with complete
documentation, is the old Textures, and we all know it's limitations
and I still hear the sigh of (public) relief when finally unix and
tetex was available for Macintosh users.
On Oct 23, 2006, at 18:02, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 23 oct. 06 à 17:18, Claus Gerhardt a écrit :
>> As usual there are bad, good and excellent packages for a
>> particular purpose, but we all know which one to pick
> Do we? Generally I don't, which is why, for example, I am no longer
> using LaTeX for preparing presentations: there are several packages
> out there for doing so, and I don't want to have to hunt for them
> then study and try each of them before actually choosing and
> picking one. I have used for several years the slides package,
> given this was *the* LaTeX way of making presentations; when it
> started to be a pain to use, compared with state-of-the-art
> presentation software, I switched to Keynote rather than trying
> beamer powerdot etc.
>> and be it by asking this list.
> Similar to Themis, I think of the situation when I am alone in a
> house in the woods with nothing like the internet; which, at one
> point, I'll probably end up doing, if I ever want to actually write
> the book I'm supposed to write.
> In other words: I hate to have to consider mailing lists and fora
> as part of the documentation for any software; such facilities
> should be a bonus for those willing or able to devote time to them,
> but nothing mandatory. Nice software is it that comes with all the
> necessary pieces and their assorted documentation, preferably in
> printed form, so that the user can be completely self-sufficient
> and not require the internet.
> That's my opinion anyway, for what it's worth.
> Bruno Voisin
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