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Re: Which editor do you use for math articles
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg95453] Re: Which editor do you use for math articles
*From*: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
*Date*: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 02:56:35 -0500 (EST)
*Organization*: Stanford University
*References*: <gksbnh$dr2$1@smc.vnet.net> <gkv08u$dck$1@smc.vnet.net>
In article <gkv08u$dck$1 at smc.vnet.net>, I joined the chorus in this
thread saying that for document preparation (where "document" can be
taken broadly to include all kinds of documents and presentations), a
modular or multi-tool approach generally involving TeX plus PDF is in
every way preferable to any sort of "Mathematica-only" approach -- and
I'm encouraged to see a number of other people independently saying more
or less the same thing.
I also gave a list of what seemed to me the main benefits of this
modular or multi-tool approach, but I overlooked one. It's been added
in below:
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> Bottom lines:
>
> 1) If you do the above, you'll be using Mathematica for the one thing
> it's really good at -- and using other, much better tools for the tasks
> that Mathematica is not at all good at.
>
> 2) You'll have immensely more flexibility for making changes or
> tweaking things at each stage in the process, without going all the way
> back to the beginning, as well as great flexibility for re-using or
> re-purposing individual parts or components of your documents. And,
> your tools for doing this will be essentially WYSIWYG, and will have
> much better documentation.
*** 2.5) You'll have meaningful backward compatibility or long-term
*** stability, in the sense that if you want to go back and reuse or
*** modify some project or set of files that you created say five or
*** ten years ago, the file formats for your output documents will
*** still be valid and usable, and the source files will likely be also
*** still be usable with minimal modification.
> 3) You'll also be "in the mainstream" so far as document preparation,
> publication, and distribution in the real world is concerned.
>
> 4) And finally, you might note that the total cost of these additional
> tools (including their upgrades or support) will only be a fraction of
> you paid for Mathematica.
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