[OS X TeX] Translating LaTeX to Quark or InDesign

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 23:06:09 CEST 2007

On Jul 3, 2007, at 12:32 PM, William Adams wrote:

> On Jul 3, 2007, at 12:08 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> MS surely isn't worried about pleasing the like of me. It cannot  
>> but be after the big publishing business.
> If Microsoft were interested in the typesetting end of publishing,  
> then Microsoft Publisher would have more than 4 kerning options. If  
> typography were easy, Microsoft Word wouldn't be the foetid mess  
> which it is.
> All Microsoft is interested in is mainstream tools which can be  
> sold to the masses at a profit --- anything which they do is  
> intended solely to keep this aspect of their business going.
> They purchase a cross-platform free-form drawing tool w/  
> interesting stroke technology? It becomes a user-interface design  
> tool.
> They pay Lucas deGroot to create typefaces including math sorts and  
> work up a technology for typesetting mathematics? It's to ensure  
> that Microsoft Word can be widely used, hence sold.
> No one, who has any real experience will use Word for more than  
> typing, and editing of any professional printed piece, its limits  
> and the bizarre interface difficulties all argue strongly for using  
> a professional tool like Quark, InDesign, Ventura Publisher, LaTeX,  
> XyVision &c.

Well, I fervently hope that you are right. (But, even though I  
haven't a clue as to how they would be going about it, I have my  
doubts: too much money is involved after they have a lock.)


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