[texhax] Doubts regarding the TeX & Latex
douglas.waud at umassmed.edu
Wed Jul 23 16:55:28 CEST 2003
stalin nadarajan wrote:
> Hello Sir,
> i seen your site but i cant understood the tex and latex files.
> what is the tex and latex
I suggest you start with
the web site of the TeX User's Group. Start with the History of TeX link.
> difference between (DTP- Tex)
The standard, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, answer is that with WYSIWYG is
What you see is *all* you get". The point is that TeX produces a far
more elegant and professional end product especially for mathematics.
The other significant difference is that TeX, like GNU and Linux is
free, in two contexts. Most importantly, is the sense that the source
code if free to be seen by everyone. This means that the user is no
longer dependent upon one company for support and it also means there is
a large number of people out there making the software work. Like the
Linux kernel, TeX is rock solid (in fact TeX was the paradigm for such
behavior; it has not demonstrated a bug for years!). The second sense of
free is that the software is available at no cost (you can pay for
commercial versions; what you then get is some explicit support,
especially in the case of Linux).
> what is the ratio between them
I don't know exactly what you mean by this but suspect you refer to
useage. As is usual, and contrary to a lot of popular belief, this is
determined not by technical merit but by marketting. The wide use of a
dog like Micro$oft Windows demonstrates that point. Certainly the great
perponderance of those writing documents appear to use M$Word.
> please send the tex.file format to my e-mail id
You are talking about hundreds of megabytes of files here! TeX is a very
extensive system. Again start at the TUG site to get a better feel for
One final word. I am a Pharmacologist professionally and my students
continually complain about all the detail they have to master. My
response is that their patients will appreciate the resultant better
control of drugs! The same thing applies with software. If you want to
do a good job you have to invest some effort. Unfortunately, for a lot
of people this means throwing away time spend trying to figure out how
Windows and Word behave (and misbehave if the pages and pages of advice
on how to fix bugs is journals like PC Magazine are any indication.) :-)
Don't panic. Take it one step at a time and you'll find there's a
marvellous world out there you have just stumbled onto!
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