[OS X TeX] NASA, Word, TeX and PowerPoint

Kirk Lowery empirical.humanist at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 23:27:35 CET 2009

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Rene Borgella <macmechanic at fastmail.fm> wrote:

> I was catching up on the list and read the threads about Macintouch's report
> about NASA's use of Word vs. TeX.  It reminded me of Edward Tufte's book,
> "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint".  Are you folks familiar with it?  It's
> very interesting!  In the essay, Tufte documents how NASA engineers use of
> PowerPoint impacted their ability to effectively communicate critical safety
> and engineering information and, unfortunately, was partly to blame for the
> Shuttle Challenger's tragic accident.  If you are not familiar with Tufte's
> work, a visit to his website is probably worth it.  Although he's not a TeX
> user, as far as I know, his ideas about how to present information are
> worthy of your time.

For those interested, there is a tufte-latex project with a handout
and book class. Both are in development, but very usable. And I do.

For the code: http://code.google.com/p/tufte-latex/
Discussion group: http://groups.google.com/group/tufte-latex



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