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Linux Journal: LaTeX for Secretaries -- How to survive without Microsoft Word

Feb 22, 2000, 14:40 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacek Artymiak)

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"Life is not fair, is it? You learned how to use Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect, only to find yourself at a job where your boss says you must use LaTeX. What is this thing? Can it be used for anything practical, like writing letters, memos, reports, sending faxes or printing price lists? These are some of the first questions that come to mind when you start using it. Fortunately, with LaTeX, it is just as easy to typeset a 1,000-page book filled with mathematical formulae as it is to prepare a short letter or a price list. These kinds of real-world office applications are what we are going to discuss..."

"Probably the most common misconception about LaTeX is thinking of it as some kind of text editor or word processor. It is neither of those tools."

"Although LaTeX is only a pure typesetting system (it is not a visual DTP package like Microsoft Publisher, Adobe PageMaker or QuarkXPress) and the documents you process must be created using a plaintext editor, the quality of the documents generated in LaTeX are often much superior to Word's own efforts."

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