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Re: Word - Mathematica connection

  • To: mathgroup at christensen.cybernetics.net
  • Subject: [mg790] Re: Word - Mathematica connection
  • From: tgayley (Todd Gayley)
  • Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 00:34:54 -0400
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.

I would like to seal this thread with one final note. The issue of a Word-
to-Mathematica connection has aroused a lot of interest and discussion. It 
seems that the mention of Microsoft brings out strong opinions in everyone, 
pro or con.

Let me reiterate points from my original post:

- This product does not represent a shift in WRI's development plans. We 
are adding a useful piece of functionality, not backing away from our own 
front end development.

- We chose Microsoft Word because it is the market leader and because it 
has a powerful embedded language. We are not entering into some sort of 
alliance with Microsoft. (Do you notice that nobody had anything to say 
when we shipped a link to Excel?)

- We will consider other word processors as their technology permits and 
the market indicates.

It has been suggested that we make this product compatible with Word 2.0 
for Windows (the previous version of Word on that platform). Although it is 
certainly possible to write _a_ link to Mathematica in Word 2.0, it is not 
possible to write _this_ link.

If you have any questions or comments about this product, or possible links 
to other software, please send mail to mathlink at wri.com.

Sincerely,

Todd Gayley
WRI


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