Do you use Latex for job or study and if yes which compiler do you use:

I think Latex is very useful but I was particularly interested in what client people use and if they know / use the program in a professional way. Academic use is frequent but by its very nature the program should give also beautiful results in Asiatic and Arabic languages. Was is your personalized use of it?

But I was very tempted to add humour to this thread at the mention of Latex!

Yeap, I refrained :-). But it would have been a “sacrilege” since it should be pronounced differently.

None of the above because you didn’t provide the choice for it. I use LaTeX to generate a PDF document from the CLI.

I edit the LaTeX file with a text editor (actually I copy an old one and modify), then run make foo.pdf where my Makefile contains rules to run pslatex, followed by dvips and ps2pdf.

I do know what Latex is but I do not like it (too tedious) :slight_smile:
That’s why I used MS Word and Visio for my master thesis.

Best regards,

Hum, i thought about puttiing: just LaTeX but then…I thought …that would be really tedious expecially if you are writing a lot of equations, when one point of the code doesn’t compile. Waht are you creating with it (if I may ask), math?

Just an invoice.

On 02/22/2011 10:36 PM, caf4926 wrote:
> No
> But I was very tempted to add humour to this thread at the mention of
> Latex!

for work, black latex is far superior to white…

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I use LaTex. But I didn’t vote in your poll, because I don’t understand that “compiler” bit.

I just use “vi” to edit the *.tex file, and run “make”. I also use “vi” to edit the Makefile and the bibtex database.

Well, call it GUI interface if you do not like the wording compiler. I intended (as it is understandable by the choices) the programmes that use Latex to offer a GUI like environment (Lynx does use actually even more). So i think even if you do not vote, I would be interested about the use people make of it. Mathsybols, linguistics (no one of us here used it for creating and invoice (nice idea, it surprised me because I wouldn’t have thought about that, although it is quite logic, since the layout is very personizable.
I am also very interesting to know what documentation you might use. Currently I am using “A not so short introduction” and I was thinking of getting my hands on the “LaTeX companion” (if somebody has it, s(he) me tell me whether the book in her/his opinion is worth the money.

‘Gummi’ (Rubber) is in fact Norwegian slang for ‘condom’. ‘Kile’ (for the convenience) a reference to a feature of an excited milkman’s (…). ‘Kile’ - Norwegian for a kind of mechanical tool, associated with penetration.

LaTex seems a bit complicated for me, and I don’t use any LaTex editor, but I have been curious about MusicTex for a while.

MusicTeX is even more complex than LaTeX or TeX, and demonstrates TeX’s power and flexibility. For simple music you might want to look into frontends for it.

I’m still using the old Lamport book. I guess I should update to the 2nd edition one of these days.

Ok, thanks. What options are there to choose from?

On 2011-02-22 22:36, stakanov wrote:

> Question: Do you use Latex for job or study and if yes which compiler do
> you use:
> - Kile
> - Lynx

I use LyX - not lynx.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)

The Wikipedia page for MusixTeX links to this page:

Werner Icking Music Archive: MusiXTeX Files

BTW MusixTeX is the successor to MusicTeX.

Thanks. It might be fun to learn either of them, though I think I would have a hard time keeping track on what I do in the progress, at least initially, and to remember all those codes. I saw Rosegarden was listed as a related software but I didn’t know I could export or import musictex/musixtex (and I don’t think I can?) files with it.

What about you, have you used/tried any of them or intentions to do so?

I played with Musi[cx]TeX years ago. It was a lot of work but fun to see the printed output. However ultimately I’m just a player and not a composer or arranger so I just read printed music sheets and have no need to generate my own. So in short, no.

More so than I was expecting

I have used LyX since 2000 for maths and since 2005 for books as well as articles; I do a lot of copyediting and some typesetting and, even if the publisher wants the text in Word format, I always do my work in LyX because LaTeX enforces the consistency which you simply cannot get in any other packages. In addition, as most of my work requires academic references, keeping all my references in BibTeX format and allowing LaTeX to do the work saves hours and hours. To do the same job in Word/OpenOffice takes at least half as long again as doing it in LyX, even including the time importing and exporting where necessary.

Also because I work with people in different countries, I have found that Word is far too inconsistent in its handling of formatting to be able to use for a published document and it makes a complete mess of books which are compiled from chapters from computers which have a different default language installed.

The LyX documentation is probably the best LaTeX documentation you can get as it contains information on a wide range of LaTeX tips and tricks as well as on the most recent versions of packages, not just on the facilities available in LyX.