[texhax] MS Word & Mathtype to TeX

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 10:02:05 CET 2011

On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM,  <cornwall_5 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>The WYSIWYG is a myth. It does not exist. What people usually call
>>WYSIWYG is, in fact, CYSACYG (Crap You See And Crap You Get)
> Except that WYSIWYG has worked beautifully for me for nearly 3 decades.

Dear Mr Anonymous,

I know a lot of people for whom it worked beautifully, but results
were always crappy. I recall one guy who gave a talk in our Dept (made
in PP) -- he used green text on pink background -- and the
mathematical formulae were surrounded by white rectangles as M$
confused transparent for white. This person was positive, that this
abomination looked beauuuuuutiful :D

> Only an unnecessary request by a specific journal request into a different
> format,

You need to tell this the publisher.

> creating an artificial problem, stands in my way.

> Not your fault. Not mine. Everyone just happens to have chosen their own
> favorite
> software, language, etc, simply because they exist! No one's is better than
> another.
> Everyone just picks a favorite.
> (Makes one long for the Soviet era where there was only ONE product on the
> shelf,

You will find lots of places giving you a choice between M$ Word and
Word Perfect. BTW, as someone who lived in Soviet Union, I can assure
you that M$ products fit perfectly to that ideology while TeX and any
open source definitely don't,

> so decisions didn't have to be made!  :) )
> I remember back in the 1980s all the talk about the future of computers and
> software
> was going to be their universality and one language or software "fits all".
> That dream never materialized.

O, yes, these naughty open-sourcerers broke the dream of Bill Gates.

Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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