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Re: Re: Re: Which editor do you use for math articles

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  • Subject: [mg95630] Re: [mg95595] Re: [mg95552] Re: Which editor do you use for math articles
  • From: Curtis Osterhoudt <cfo at lanl.gov>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 05:07:11 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: LANL
  • References: <gkppt1$dpi$1@smc.vnet.net> <200901221201.HAA11238@smc.vnet.net> <op.un6bfw1ztgfoz2@bobbys-imac.local>
  • Reply-to: cfo at lanl.gov

  Ack. I wish I knew something about OS X and/or XeTeX; I've never seen such kinds of error messages. I use LyX on Windows and Linux, and it's nearly flawless for me. I'm a regular recipient of the LyX user's group (and, sometimes, of the developers' group) emails, and I've never found them to be anything but the most helpful bunch of people (on par with the Mathematica users in this group).  lyx-users at lists.lyx.org , just in case you wish a response from people who can help.
   Anyway, YMMV. I know I've had unresolvable issues with pieces of software which everyone else use effortlessly, and I'm sorry it happened to you in this case.



On Thursday 22 January 2009 12:36:58 DrMajorBob wrote:
> My advice? Stick to Mathematica and/or Word. (Unless you're willing to  
> learn LaTeX from the ground up, the hard way.)
> 
> I spent several hours last night sleuthing how to use Mac fonts in LyX,  
> which led to using them in TeXShop, which led to indecipherable  
> instructions for using LyX with XeTex, which led to utter confusion. I  
> found a LyX document that "explained" and "demonstrated" how to do this;  
> but that document explained exactly nothing and could not be typeset,  
> neither with LaTeX NOR XeTeX. Trying to do so popped up error messages  
> (like the ones mentioned below).
> 
> Explanations (and ERROR messages) FREQUENTLY repeated the equivalent of,  
> "If you use *nix, you'll be able to figure this out. No need to explain  
> it," or "Make like Sherlock Holmes, and look for clues."
> 
> Apparently, the developers of this stuff MAY be a lot wise-a**es who'd  
> rather, really, have nobody else use their code.
> 
> Or, at least, they can't be bothered with meaningful documentation or  
> installers that do the full job.
> 
> Bobby




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