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Re: texlive

From: Patrick O'Callaghan <pocallaghan_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Mar 07 2013 - 21:27:49 GMT
To: users@lists.fedoraproject.org

On Thu, 2013-03-07 at 11:07 -0800, Joe Zeff wrote:
> On 03/07/2013 10:56 AM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > That might work for some projects, but generally speaking people using
> > TeX/LaTeX are concerned about finer control of typesetting, especially
> > when it comes to mathematical material. TeX/LaTeX is the gold standard
> > for this. To paraphrase Brian Kernighan, the trouble with WYSIWYG is
> > that it usually means What You See Is*All* You Get.
> You may find this interesting, then. PDF files created by Scribus are
> considerably larger than those created by Adobe. This is because Adobe
> sets the position for a line, then inserts a string of characters for
> that line. Scribus sets the position for each character as it goes.
> That makes very precise positioning of specific elements possible, far
> more than in Adobe. Of course, it takes work to learn how to do this (I
> haven't, as I don't need it.) and to get it right. However, if you're
> happy using TeX, and it does what you want the way you want, that's all
> that's important, isn't it?

Not really sure why you're bringing in Adobe. TeX/LaTeX have nothing to
do with PDF (sure, they can optionally generate PDF output, but that's
not the point).

What I was really getting at is that TeX/LaTeX has a widely accepted
encoding for mathematical material, plus an extremely sophisticated
typesetting algorithm that makes it looks nice. No other tool even comes
close (GUI or not).


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