[OS X TeX] My next book has been created with TeX...

Gerben Wierda gerben.wierda at rna.nl
Fri Dec 26 01:16:45 CET 2014

On 10 Dec 2014, at 21:50, Themis Matsoukas <tmatsoukas at icloud.com> wrote:

>> On Dec 9, 2014, at 5:08 PM, Gerben Wierda <gerben.wierda at rna.nl> wrote:
>> PS. And our gardener is still Mr. Knuth. Really :-)
> So that’s why  why your new book is in TeX…:)

I still love TeX, I like the way the typsetting can look above all. I also like writing while not being distracted too much by how it looks, but getting a good result nonetheless.

I use ConTeXt, which has its pros and cons. Pros is that it is a nice mix of conceptual writing (including well working niceties like indexes, references, etc.) and enough influence on how the end result looks, t's more graphically oriented than LaTeX. I changed my first project over to ConTeXt years ago because I liked the ideas behind ConTeXt (as far as I could discern them), ConTeXt is powerful. It is also actively maintained (while LaTeX is, afaik still rather dead). The con of ConTeXt is that ConTeXt is run like a hobby project, hence, no decent documentation (sometimes people tell you you need to read the source code to find out what it does or can do, seriously), you're in fact working with a constantly changing toolkit that is being built and changed/tinkered with by a few illuminati/geeks. I'm using the somewhat frozen older mkii version, which gives some stability, the tinkerig these days is in the mkiv version (LuaTeX) which I have stayed away from.

> Congratulations on the book!

Thank you.


> Themis
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