[texhax] How to do the following ?

W.J. Metzger wes at hef.ru.nl
Thu Oct 5 09:50:52 CEST 2006

Please stop this discussion.  You are both right and both wrong.
Both types of LaTeX user exist, sometimes in the same person who
when pushing against a time constraint is only interested in something
that works but when having more time wants to dig deeper.
So both types of answer are appropriate, while a messages such as the
following two only create useless traffic.
Cheers, Wes
On Thu, 5 Oct 2006, Philip TAYLOR wrote:
> Martin Schröder wrote:
> > I'll bite: A solution for LaTeX users. LaTeX users know nothing about
> > streams and they are happy with that. They want things to just work
> > and not to learn the innards of TeX. And they want high-level
> > solutions. \usepackage[bar]{foo} ist highly preferred from multiline
> > plain commands.
> I think that your attitude here is at the core of our
> disagreement : you believe that LaTeX users are interested
> only in solutions to their immediate problem(s), I credit
> them with a little intelligence and believe that they are
> interested in how/why things work.  We may never agree on
> this, but unless people such as myself offer them some
> insight into the underlying mechanisms, what hope have
> they of ever becoming package writers in their own right ?
> ** P.
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