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As a really new (2 months) user, I would find it very useful to have the .tex code for the articles available. I see some nice fonts and other features that I might want to use.

Arnold Lebow
Yeshiva University
New York, NY

[Some authors make their LaTeX sources available to readers. Check the links next to the article. If you don't see a link to the source use the feedback link and we will see if it is available. -Ed.]

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Is it possible to get a color jpeg image (for instance) into a TeX document? I am writing an electronic version of a wilderness guidebook in TeX and would like to place scanned images into the body of the document. Any ideas?

Roman Dial

[See Klaus Hoeppner's article in this issue.]

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I am in the process of writing a math paper. Writing math papers is not something I usually do and so the writing process is new to me. I formerly joined the TeX Users Group to learn how LaTeX documents are produced, but I was unable to find introductory material in the TUGboat journal.

After reading books on LaTeX I am still at sea. One book mentions WinShell and WinEdt in passing, and then shows a LaTeX file. How was this file written? Is WinShell an environment to run LaTeX? The basic question of how to operate this marvelous machinery is hidden. Everything is very general and somewhat inexact. I would like to see an efficient and understandable set of directions: first do this, now do this, next do this.

We all appreciate the contribution TeX Users Group members make and I appreciate your consideration of my difficulties.

Jerry Frazee

[See the next two letters for some suggestions. -Ed.]

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I am a beginner and I wanted to thank you for your excellent Journal.

I read the feedback regarding the beginner's difficulties in downloading and installing LaTeX. I met the same difficulties, until I came upon protext by Thomas Feuerstack (English translation by Steve Peter). It tells you how to install everything you need, step-by-step, and with the appropriate link at each step. I did it and I think this is the best thing that can happen to a beginner.

Itzhak Barkana

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I sympathise with Peter Flom's A LaTeX Fledgling .... I am in a similar position, being a non-programmer wanting to write professional-looking mathematical documents, in my case physics exams and worksheets for senior high school students. I have found the MikTeX distribution for Windows a painless way for maintaining/updating packages.

The LaTeX community has been wonderful, and there is a wealth of documentation out there - especially the Indian LaTeX Users Group's and Herbert Voss' excellent presentations on PSTricks/LaTeX.

Laurie Savage
Victoria, Australia

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Peter Flom (A LaTeX Fledgling ...) is correct in noting that one of the obstacles to learning and adopting TeX in one's workflow is the refusal of co-authors and editors to accept manuscript submissions typeset in (La)TeX. I even know of some journals that publish material containing equations and statistical results (best done with TeX), but have an editorial policy of not accepting PDF versions of manuscripts for review, even if the PDF has been distilled from Word.

This kind of policy is unacceptable as far as I am concerned, but I doubt there will be a change in editorial policy in the foreseeable future. If other members of the TeX community are interested in exploring means to address this problem, I'd be more than happy to join in.

Tze KWANG Teo
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.tzekwangteo.org/

[To discuss this and other topics, join the online pracjourn-forum.]

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Re: Ask Nelly Making slides Use the Seminar package with the complement of PSTricks packages ... eye-popping results.

Haig Krikorian

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Congratulations to Michael Spivak (Ask Nelly: Condensing Math Matrices) for his simple and clear solution, especially using the PostScript encapsulated solution for large displays.

Prof. Tarcisio Praciano-Pereira
Brazil

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This column (David Walden's Travels in TeXLand) is interesting and useful. I'd like to suggest another category for TeX setups or more likely, TeX authoring environments -- extensibility.

I'm looking for ways to support authors who are not familiar with Unix/emacs, and to provide them with customized tools for editing TeX docs with custom classes.

Also, I'd like to suggest a look at TeXclipse, the Eclipse plug-in.

Tim Arnold
SAS
Cary, NC USA

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