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My Documents: LaTeX for the Nontechnical User

Dec 04, 2006, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"As a computer user, you almost undoubtedly use a word processor to create your documents. A word processor is a powerful tool that simplifies the creation of documents using a What You See Is What You Get approach. This means that the document you see in the editor as you are composing it is the same document that will be printed out when you press the 'print' button. However, this convenience comes at a price: the ease to impose structure on the document. Microsoft Word does not know that you are writing a book, Open Office does not know that the text you just entered was in fact the title of your document. It's not that structure is altogether impossible to control in word processors; after all, most word processors do have heading and subheading tools, as well as various templates that make things easier for the user. Have you ever felt out of control while using a word processor? Have you ever felt that the program doesn't understand what you are trying to do? I know I have..."

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