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Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework

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  • Subject: [mg44372] Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework
  • From: Steve Gray <stevebg at adelphia.net>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 05:16:15 -0500 (EST)
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On Tue, 4 Nov 2003 08:45:01 +0000 (UTC), Bob Harris
<nitlion at mindspring.com> wrote:

>Howdy,
>
>I have recently returned to grad school, and am attempting to use
>mathematica as my "word processor" for my math-related homework.  There are
>a few annoying things that keep happening to my attempts at this, and I
>thought I'd describe them here in hopes that someone would have some better
>suggestions.

Hi - 
	I have found Mathematica  to be so incompetent at basic typesetting,
and its behavior so bizarre and unpredicatble,  that I would never use
it for what you are doing. I know how to set math in Mathematica (up to its
severe limitations), in Tex (non-wysiwyg), and in Word. It's not a
good route for publishing, but I think Word and Equation Editor are
the easiest and most reliable of the methods. I had a paper in the
March 03 Math Monthly, which I originally wrote in Word and translated
to Tex with the help of some automated software.
	Keep in mind that not many people agree with me on this.



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