Re: Math Type for Linux? Try firefox with applet DragMath
I am sorry, this is a third entry today. I remembered one more
nice software piece:
See the downloadable applet DragMath
where you get MathType functionality inside any web browser with java.
As DragMath is open-source, you are free to download and re-distribute.
DragMath requires Java 1.4.2 or later
Re: Math Type for Linux? Reply to Vivaldi Gloria in #10
I don't want to hijack this thread but with apologies to OP I have to answer lad.kocb.
And practice has shown that LaTeX is still better than all gui editors.
When D. Knuth started TEX, there even was not much GUI around.
Are you kiddin me? Of course it is easier with LaTeX.
You are right, the simple math can easily be entered straight into the text, but try entering a continuous fraction with terms containing fractions and braces etc.
Pal, you need to read more about logical vs. visual design. Visual design may be OK for a short paper. But it is no good for complex documents.
You should read sections 1.4-1.5 in Lamport's book - LaTeX, A Document Preparation system. There he compares the two approaches and gives an example (about the inner product) which shows it's much efficient to use LaTeX.
Suppose I wrote a paper in LaTeX and sent it to the journal A using their style file. Now A rejected the paper and I want to send it to the journal B. But B uses a completely different syle & layout. What am I to do? Simple, I download their style file and use it. I don't have to change anything in the document. The whole document gets typeset automatically to the new style!!
And that is the main point of LaTeX - you don't bother with the page format and appearance of the document which makes you loose time, makes the document rigid, and afterall humans are not very good at it. LaTeX takes care of all visual design of the document so you just type the content, and believe me, typing is much faster than typing plus visual design. Get a complex document with a lot of formulas and have it typed by two people - a Word wizard and a LaTeX wizard. The LaTeX guy will write it in a fraction of the time it takes the word guy to write it.
How many times did you strugle with word when it puts an item in an odd place, or it starts numbering things which are not supposed to be numbered, and so on. I go mad even if I try to write a two page document with word. Writing a 100 page scientific document with word? - Better kill me so the pain & suffering ends.
And I stress the fact that humans (and Word) are not good at designing complex documents. The primary strength of LaTeX is its typesetting quality. I can always tell which hw is written using LaTeX and which is not. The ones written with LaTeX look great and the others look like sh*t.
Re: Math Type for Linux? Answer to Vivaldi Gloria (part II)
Neither I want to monopolize this thread, but the last entry
by Vivaldi Gloria calls for a little comment. Yes, I completely
agree with you! Except of your language in the last sentence
I could have written exactly what you have written.
I was not talking about Word or any other word processor.
I was talking exclusively about TeX/LaTeX.
Even the "Scientific Word" is latex based, it has nothing to do
with "the other" Word from Redmond.
I was simply saying that when you are going to design a
complicated structure in TEX, it might be helpful to use
a graphical tool. I also said that I have been using latex for
nearly 20 years (and I hope to do it for the rest of my
scientific carrier - which unfortunately is much less
than 20 years).
I have no doubts that latex is THE best way now available
(and in foreseeable future) to work with mathematical texts.
All computer algebra systems I know about export latex, preprint
archives are based on latex, most physics journals I know accept
latex submissions, etc. Just to finish, I am afraid that the
younger generation is getting sometimes too microsoftized, as
well as some "less theoretical" fields of science, who are
unfortunately falling deeper and deeper in Microsoft web of
tricks and lies.
So dear Vivaldi Gloria, continue your fight! Good luck! But
please, do not waste your ammunition on me. I am on your side.