Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 14:57:36 -0500
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From: "Fehd, Ronald J. (PHPPO)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Subject: Why I use LaTeX was: your favorite math equations editor?
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> From: Peter Flom [mailto:email@example.com]
> You, and numerous others, seem to be very strong
> LaTeX supporters.
> I've never used it.
> I can certainly see it's value if you are writing a
> book, but if all you need is some slides, or an article,
> what are it's advantages?
> It seems awfully complex......
> MathEdit is pretty simple to use.
LOL well, Peter that's what I say about SAS macro language, too:
"simple, yet powerful."
based on your comment you get output which you then import
into either Word or PowerPoint?
i.e., a two-step process, right
> Also, in the types of places I publish (mostly)
> they want Word Documents. Does LaTeX do this?
No. But as a SUG author this year
I was not one of the one's scrambling to figure out
how to convert MySUGpaper.doc to MySUGpaper.pdf
since my output was already a pdf
It took a few rounds to get my PharmaSUG papers
with the correct pdf document attributes,
but that information is now within the PharmaSUG*.tex
documents and not something I have (yet) to add in Adobe.
> I'm just curious as to whether it is worth learning LaTeX
Why I use LaTeX:
* operating system independent:
DOS + Windoze
see: output as pdf
* input : text file
* output: professionally typeset material
either to print on paper
or pdf for document sharing
or pdf for presentation
or html for web development/usage
* learning curve: steep as SAS
ever have a large Word document crash and take your text with it?
i.e, larger than 50 pages?
* provides bibliography, table of contents, index
pagination, auto-numbering of sections, equations, theorems,
List of Tables, and Figures
can customize for List of Programs, other Lists
* build/write documents in text editor of your choice
for me that's UltraEdit v10
* supports include of files
which enables testing in small increments
every wonder why it takes a moment to scroll down a page
in a large word-processing document?
* supports hyperrefs
* almost forgot: ODS LaTeX
I have to admit that I had several years experience
typesetting using IBM Selectric Composer equipment
back in the late 60s
so I was familiar with the quality of the output
and a lot of the esoteric jargon.
Being a SAS macro writer has helped me
in my own customizing of LaTeX for my book usage.
Ron Fehd the LaTeX maven CDC Atlanta GA USA RJF2@cdc.gov
Efficiency is intelligent laziness. -David Dunham
... and often involves choice of good software