[XeTeX] Free download: Microsoft Office 2007 beta 2

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon May 29 23:38:39 CEST 2006

� wrote:
>> BTW, there is a paper that discusses some aspects of Office's new math
>> typesetting. The PDF is typeset using Microsoft Word 2007 itself, and
> As can be easily seen by the layout. :-)
no computer modern indeed -)

be careful, it's in this kind of reactions that texies ridicule their 

hm, i've seen as many badly done tex docs on the web as word docs; also, 
i wonder how many tex users, with 100% confidence can recognize a tex 
doc (i can't always, unless of course it's in latin modern; although i 
admit that i see more and more badly typeset paragraphs (funny interchar 
spacing and stretching of glyphs) showing up in scientific literature of 
renowed publishers) ; maybe the math in the office doc is not what you 
expect but the tables at least look better spaced than the average tex 
doc. I admit that at a closer look the vertical spacing around math 
looks funny

(you probably remember the hz optimization experiments we did at user 
groups: texies didn't notice the hz at all, and when asked for what 
looked better or not, were pretty focussed on the number of hyphenations 
as a measure of quality (rivers were also noticed); according to hermann 
zapf, probably 99+ % of the readers would not notice a vertical stretch 
either so that would be a valid way to get nicely verticaly spaced docs; 
i ran some experiments with that and indeed ...)

for a while i wondered if it was a tex doc, esp when i saw the hanging , 
on page 3 -)

just curious: how many programmers would like to write their program sin 
the way as illustrated on page 33?


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