February's PLUG Metting / shoot out...
jgedge at amis.com
Thu Jan 12 11:06:18 MST 2006
Unless Jayce^ finds a better presenter / topic-- it looks like Stewart &
I are going to have a shoot out over LaTeX & ConTeXt in February.
In addition to the standard jabs between using emacs and Stewart NOT
using emacs-- the following will probably be covered:
**TeX -- it's origins w/ Donald Knuth and his ``Art of Computer
**Why the rest of us mere mortals prefer to use mark-up/macro packages
to wrap around TeX
**Basics of LaTeX [along w/ some templates for some basic stuff you
might find usefull]
**Things that make LaTeX cool to use [like -- why it can be easier to
use LaTeX (instead of a WYSIWYG word processor) if you're writing a
technical paper that is more than 5-10 pages or so].
**What LaTeX sucks at -- basically the things you probably won't want to
do with LaTeX.
**Stuff that ConTeXt is great at -- where it takes over when LaTeX sucks.
**overview of building document templates/styles in ConTeXt [someting
mere mortals can't do in LaTeX]
**how to make your LaTeX docs NOT look like canned/standard LaTeX docs.
**Why font's are such a Bitch to work with in any kind of TeX!!!!! I
know Stew has wrestled this some [and I hope to put a little more time
into this area before the february meeting].
If this sounds like a decent presentation -- or if there's something in
particular you would like to have included in the presentation-- sound
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