On Wednesday 15 February 2006 03:38, Chris Withers wrote:
> I find it ironic the one of the first uses of PCs was to do word
> processing, and yet we seem to always strive to edit plain text of one
> variety or another, and yes, that includes latex ;-)

That's because Word Processors just do not have the layout quality that is 
required for professional printed media. I would say that desktop publishing 
software like Quark and Indesign (and now even Scribus) have been extremely 

Word processors do a good job when it comes to editing, since they provide 
spell/grammar checker, comments and change tracking. And that is how they are 
used by a lot of publishers. But in order to generate a book, publishers have 
import programs from Word to their desktop publishing software.

So with that in mind, if you do not know how to do professional desktop 
publishing, then LaTeX is a much better options, since it results look really 

I have more examples, but that's for another E-mail.

Stephan Richter
CBU Physics & Chemistry (B.S.) / Tufts Physics (Ph.D. student)
Web2k - Web Software Design, Development and Training
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