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Why does Word persist?
Authored by: bauldrywc on Dec 31, '08 10:13:34AM

After doing my first book in MS Word in '88, I switched to LaTeX—and have never gone back. TeXShop (free!) in OS X as a front end to TeXLive is, by far, the best document processor—I even use it for exams, quizzes, and memos.

Every time I've been forced to used Word since then (usually by administrators who don't comprehend that text based docs don't have to be in Word file formats!), it's been incredibly painful.



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Why does Word persist?
Authored by: frgough on Jan 01, '09 09:18:34AM

Whatever rocks your boat, I guess. The idea of having to hand code formatting as I'm writing my document seems totally asinine to me. Talk about distracting you from putting down content.



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Why does Word persist?
Authored by: simonm on Jan 03, '09 02:35:50PM

I disagree, trying to maintain consistent formatting in Word is the BIGGEST hinderence to productivity I've ever encountered in an application. The whole styles system is a joke. Even turning off all the auto-format options can't save you. The only way I can manage to write large documents/reports now (as a previous commentator suggested) using text only until the very end and then applying minimul necessary formatting manually.

Yes it would be ideal not to have to type codes. Perhaps there are other LaTex compatible processors I'm not aware of.



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