[XeTeX] XeTeX in lshort
Keith J. Schultz
keithjschultz at web.de
Mon Oct 4 11:15:28 CEST 2010
I am very sorry for starting this discussion of on OT route.
Whether to use Word or "TeX" for one purpose the other is very philosophical.
Each has their strengths and deficiencies. A discussion that does not belong here
and there is no real answer to the question.
"TeX" is used in the world of academia because of its strengths. Word is use because
most have contact with it and it suffices and the users do not want to learn "TeX" just for
one or two papers that they might need it for.
I know this for a fact. I have work with professors, fellow students, linguist, physicist, mathematicians,
programmers, and academics in the field of the humanities.
Probably, the best reasons for "TeX" is that Word is not designed for large projects. For any less than
50 pages and a very simple layout Word is fine. If a project is large, has many Tables, figures and other
structures, multiple input files from several authors Word starts acting up. Making global changes causes
all kinds of artifacts. Formatting going crazy the most often symptom. Most of the time the only cure is to
revert to plain text and start formatting from scratch. Very time consuming.
As far the "Look" of the output I would say "it lies in the eye of the beholder"
The main point is that depending on your resources, knowledge and available one will
choose the one system or the other.for my part I have learned to take what is there and
make the most of it. I use "TeX", Word, programming, graphic tools to get a problem
solved. It might not be the TeXish way or Wordish way, but get the document set in a timely
On the matter of OpenMath, well XeTeX is getting their. AMS was not finished in one day either.
If anymore cares to comment then please do to me personally and please not on the list.
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