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Re: How to write a "proper" math document
In article <iuukk8$epi$1 at smc.vnet.net>, "McHale, Paul" <Paul.McHale at excelitas.com> wrote: > Interactive documents seem to be a limited by corporate security more than > technology. I.e. If Mathematica were open source/free, this would be closer > to a non-issue. This is not practical. This the second and equally difficult problem with Mathematica. No question whatsoever: Mathematica is a marvelous intellectual development. But if Mathematica had emerged from, and was continually further developed in, an open, academic, competitive environment, with publications, technical meetings, peer review, student involvement, and all the other advantages that this environment can provide, rather than a closed, quite secretive, and commercially driven enterprise, it would be even richer than it is today. Ask yourselves where many of the most important software tools of today emerged from? (and whether they are free and open tools, or closed and excessively expensive tools?) Just to cite two of these: * Unix: The essentially open world of the original Bell Labs. * TeX and LaTeX: Donald Knuth and his academic students and disciples. And then all the immense swarm of freeware, shareware, and low-cost software tools that we all enjoy today.