[Tugindia] FWD: Subject: Re: [ilugd] Re: hindustan times -> TeXnical deviation

Kapil Hari Paranjape kapil at imsc.res.in
Wed May 7 11:10:26 CEST 2003

Hello LL,

Ceasefire offer refused (esp. since you accompanied this offer with
some terrorist attacks :-)

On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 11:40:04PM +0530, LinuxLingam wrote:
> 200-page magazines, where each page or section is individually designed, 
> month after month, with only some few design principles common. example: 
> wired magazine.

How about Linux Gazette? Perhaps that is too text-oriented for you.
LG is not written in TeX but in its not-so distant cousin HTML. However,
you probably mean something like the glossies "India Today","Outlook"
and the like.

> Kapil wrote:
> > Why would *anyone* want to use TeX for this kind of design?
> that's my point. when someone asked if there are desktop publishing solutions 
> under gnulinux, and by that question, this is what is implied, some people 
> incorrectly refer to TeX as the solution. and i was merely trying to point 
> out that error.

When "those" people talk about DTP, I agree that they mean the jazzy
stuff that you are talking about and TeX is inappropriate.

The reasons are:
  \item Because the kind of stuff they create emphasizes style over content. 
  \item Because most this is created by adults who were and are unable to cope
    with even the minimal precision required by high school science and

If we really want to talk about publishing. Creating books of stories,
poems, plays (even illustrated ones). Or writing popular or text-book
accounts of science, engineering and mathematics. Or even for preparing
official letters, reports. For all these TeX is close to being the most
appropriate tool for about 90% of the material. Only for hand-drawn
illustrations would you *really* have to go outside TeX; though most
people use other tools for graphs and technical drawings as well.

  {\em In other words any publication where the content is important
  enough that people will read it or examine it carefully can be done
  with TeX.}

IMHO, the message from TeX is:

	"You (the author) create the content and indicate (through
	markup) the logical structure of this content. I (TeX) will
	ensure that you will have a beautifully type-set document
	where the content will be contextually emphasized."

(Others, notably Knuth, have said this better).


The best defense against logic is ignorance.

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