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# The Computer Paper: The TeX alternative

“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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