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Re: Moving out Mac




On Oct 15, 2004, at 8:48 PM, Roy W. Erickson wrote:
What I want to do when I get home....
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I want to publish my math notes to the web and eventually through a
publisher. So I need math formula capable s/w to help me do that. I'm
still not satisfied with the basic stuff I see in OOffice.

If you want to publish math (that doesn't look like cr** the way anything produced by M$ products does) you need to use TeX. If you are not familiar with it, TeX is a markup language like HTML. E.g., the fraction n/2 would be \frac{n}{2}. Unfortunately, I don't know of any friendly interfaces on the Mac or linux. Scientific Word for windows is, but I don't know of anything analogous for Mac or Windows. (TeX diehards sneer at S.W.--I guess they feel it's good for the sole to memorize lots of esoteric tags.) Nevertheless, if you want good output, you've got to bite the bullet and use TeX. Just get Gratzer's book, "Math into LaTeX" and you will be very happy. On linux, teTeX is part of FC2. I don't use TeX in linux, so I am only marginally familiar with teTeX. I believe it follows the standard procedure--produce your TeX file in your favorite editor (TeX files are plain text) and then "tex" it to produce a properly typeset document. On the Mac, use TeXShop. This is actually just the front-end, but it tells you what else to install. (I think the back-end may be teTeX again, but I can't swear to that.) It's nice in that it produces PDF files directly.


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