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*Subject*: [mg109734] Re: How to write reports and books in Mathematica
*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
*Date*: Fri, 14 May 2010 05:34:57 -0400 (EDT)
*Organization*: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
*References*: <hsgnis$d5c$1@smc.vnet.net> <4BEC3984.4020002@umbc.edu>
*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu
With respect to how typeset math should look, I recommend writings of
Donald Knuth. And just because he invented TeX does not mean he's
biased in this regard; in fact, he invented TeX because he was
dissatisfied with the level to which some typeset math had degenerated
and saw the need for a suitable tool to produce typeset math in the
modern computer era.
Often much or most math typeset by Mathematica is "good enough". But as
a matter of simple fact it's just not up to professional mathematical
typesetting standards such as one sees in math society journals, or even
in the ArXiv.
On 5/13/2010 1:40 PM, Kevin J. McCann wrote:
> Murray,
>
> Here we have a difference of opinion. LaTeX and all the other Tex's
> require that "code" be written, which is subsequently processed to
> generate the final output. To me this is not at all natural and I
> observe that others who use it are frequently asking "how do I ...";
> whereas, Mathematica allows me to focus on the equations and words. Now, I know
> that with LaTeX there is "infinite" control over how things look; so,
> you can make it look just right, but, for me at least, the default look
> of equations and text in Mathematica is just fine, and I really don't
> want to spend time making it look more right.
>
> That said, I rely on the Stylesheet to determine the look and feel of
> the document, and, as I said in an earlier post, this is not at all
> intuitive. So, here is where I have to spend my time, but once the
> template (Stylesheet) is done, then that's it. After that documents are
> simple, especially equations, which with the keyboard shortcuts are a snap.
>
> Just my take,
>
> Kevin
>
>
> Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> Unless you don't know LaTeX, or do know it but don't regard it as a
>> "word processing system", then surely you're joking about Mathematica
>> being "far superior to any other word processing system."
>>
>>
>
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