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Re: How to write a "proper" math document

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  • Subject: [mg120147] Re: How to write a "proper" math document
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 07:35:21 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <201107041044.GAA02461@smc.vnet.net> <iuukk8$epi$1@smc.vnet.net> <15944200.6757.1309943765495.JavaMail.root@m06> <iv45b8$es8$1@smc.vnet.net> <iv6gqo$s5p$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <iv6gqo$s5p$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Richard Fateman <fateman at cs.berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Documents provide an opportunity for an author and a reader to traverse 
> a territory in a fundamentally linear fashion, together, in order to 
> transmit an understanding from the author to the reader.

And, there is no reason any printed document can not be made available 
in online PDF form as well . . . in which case this document has the 
additional, different, and vastly important advantage of being 
instantaneously electronically searchable, in minute detail.

PDF searching then gives every reader in essence an instantaneous, 
totally customizable, blazing fast index to the document.  You can 
instantaneously look for any minutiae, or any occurrences of any term, 
buried anywhere in the entire document, whether the author thought it 
important enough to include in the TOC or the author's index, or not.

[You can, in fact, search multiple PDF documents in one, with all the 
hits reported to you in one search window, with each hit a live 
clickable link to the exact point in that document.

Mathematica's primary documentation is, of course, totally lacking in 
this capability.

Ruskeepaa's book is in fact lacking in it also, since the accompanying 
CD does not contain the complete book in any one file and in PDF format, 
only in 30-odd individual chapters in HTML form


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