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From: email@example.com (R. D. Davis) Subject: Re: word processing Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 05:07:27 -0000 References: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
<G9JGGn.5L1@wjv.com> In article <G9JGGn.5L1@wjv.com>, Bill Vermillion <email@example.com> wrote: >I'd classify it far more than a text processor or word processor. >All you had to do is print one or two docs with Latex and you'll >wonder why people live with the ugly outputs of Word. You don't >notice it until you see them side by side. Yes, it's quite a difference, such as the way TeX (for those unfamiliar with it, it's TeX, not LaTeX which actually does the core of the work; LaTeX is just what makes it easier to use TeX, as LaTeX provides macros to make using TeX a simple matter) even measures the spacing of characters to about a thousandth of an inch, IIRC. LaTeX makes writing papers, manuscripts, etc. a pleasurable experience, unlike Micro$loth Word, which does strange things to what one's writing and needlessly (ab)uses huge quanties of memory and disk space.
It may take a little longer to become proficient with using LaTeX, but the time spend doing so is well worth it; don't believe those who will tell you that it's obsolete or antiquated; it's actually much more advanced than what most people consider "word processors." Try it yourself and see. By the way, it's free. Just my 2-cents worth. :-) >There are still too many people who think you have to have >a homogeneous network. That went away a long time ago. You >shouldn't have to change OSes, but you could add another one to >the mix. I have no objection to adding various operating systems to my home network, such as various flavors of UNIX, OpenVMS, RT-11, Accent, TSX-plus, MacOS, etc... I'd even add CP/M and MP/M if I had an S-100 network card (do they exist?) and a TCP/IP stack for those operating systems. However, I find those to be useful operating systems, unlike that which oozes out from Micro$loths headquarters and pollutes lots of computer hardware. ;-) >The only times I've had problems in mixed OS environments is that >the Apple Mac Word outputs don't always format the same in a >Winxx environment. Doc that you'd expect to be formatted in an >8.5x11 format look more like 9x9.5, and require modification. At >least the ones I got from the one shop like that. Hmmm... when I get Word documents, I just read them with Emacs... search for a common word like "the" or "and" and it usually becomes easy to find the actual text of a document.
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