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The Computer Paper: The TeX alternative

Oct 26, 1999, 01:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

"One of the most brilliant text processing systems was created by Donald E. Knuth, a world authority on programming algorithms. He called his system TeX, pronounced "tek," or "tekhhh" with a Scottish guttural emphasis at the end (don't practice pronouncing it this way in polite company). The final "X" is the Greek letter "chi" not the English letter "X."

"TeX was created with mathematics in mind and is still the premier system for producing books and articles that require complex typeset mathematical formulae. It also happens to be a very fine general-purpose typesetting system..."

"One question always arises from those who have never been exposed to a text processing system before: if you can use a program like WordPerfect, why use something like LaTeX for documents?"

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