At 09:57 -0800 3/3/14, Syed Zaeem Hosain ( wrote:
> > Agreed that LaTeX has a steep learning curve and, in this WYSIWYG world, it 
> > may seem
> > like a step backward to some people. However, the power and flexibility 
> > (with highly
> > consistent formatted output) is very appealing in some cases.

> > With regard to hyphenation, it sounds like the person writing the thesis 
> > was not providing
> > hyphenation hints. You can use the \hyphenation command to identify the 
> > break points
> > in a set of unusual words, and LaTeX will do the right thing after that 
> > whenever it sees those words.

Steve Rickaby wrote:
> It was just an example taken at random from recent experience. I'm sure there 
> is a workaround,
> but the writer is a software expert and researcher, and the fact that he 
> didn't know about this sort
> of proves my case - that getting good results out of LaTeX requires deep 
> knowledge ;-) I am sure
> that it can be made to do great things, but I've never seen what I would 
> consider acceptable results
> come out of it in the the hands of non-experts.

Oh, yes, understood and agreed!

It definitely does take much more effort to learn and use LaTeX. And the 
problem is that there are _often_ add-in packages that will fix any issue that 
is observed in output.

But researching and learning the availability (and nuances) of a particular 
package for a particular issue does take time. Time that is well-spent if LaTeX 
is the primary tool, but not as easy to justify for occasional work, yes.



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