T. Verron

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comment LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
@O.R.Mapper Why would you want to use the office VC with something else than an office document? Afaik it's only about embedding history information in office files and thus getting the benefit of a VC system on the binary files. About non-office integrated content, I don't know too, I will ask as well. But it seems that the typical office workflow consists of having as much of the project as possible in the office family (e.g. data tables in xlsx).
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@ChristopherCreutzig No idea to be honest. I'll ask people who use word about that.
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@barbarabeeton Good point indeed.
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Usually, corrupted means that it can't be opened, yes. But have you ever seen a (truly) valid pdf file be opened, annotated and saved, and become corrupted (=unopenable) in the process?
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Hm, I didn't mean an unopenable pdf, that can happen for a variety of reasons. But a pdf file that one day works well, and then, after a harmless change (on a pdf, this is rather restricted, but it can be an annotation, for example), gets corrupted, that I have never seen. And yes I haven't seen much.
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About 3: can *TeX be exported to docx? ;)
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Imo the first modern answer in this thread. :) Just one thought: while making changes to large documents with latex is easy, but compiling them can take some time. Word is slow to start, but then you have fast (or maybe not, based on other answers here) feedback on your changes, while with latex you can have instant start (depending on your editor), but then the feedback loop is slow.
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Word has a "what do you want to do?" input field which lets you use a command even if you do not know where it is exactly. Agreed, it is still more complicated than a mere copy and paste in your preamble.
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Whose inception? TeX goes back to 1977, LaTeX to 1983, while the first specification of .pdf is 1993.
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A steep learning curve cannot be seen as a good thing unconditionally, because there's simply no limit (why not write pdf documents in an hex editor?). Maybe the good outweighs the bad for latex, and on this website, most will probably agree on that; and maybe the good of latex requires some learning curve at some point (but I am not convinced of that, see for example lyx or texmacs). In any case, it doesn't mean that the learning curve, by itself, a good thing.
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Both with word and with latex, users can do whatever they want: {\color{red}\huge\textbf{1. THE SECTION TITLE}}
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@MichaelKjörling I'm not very familiar with word, so I wasn't saying when it got introduced. What is in 2013, and wasn't in 2003, is that, as far as I can see, this approach is somewhat encouraged when you create a new document.
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"I do not know of LaTeX ever having any disandvantages as compared to Word over the years" Oh, just ask any Word user! :)
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*TeX users are also free to "deviate from the defined rules" and achieve arbitrarily ugly text. One of the best examples being the style sheets some journal designed to match their word format.
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Doesn't office provide built-in version control?
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(b) is not longer true: Word 2013 (maybe also 2010) supports different "views" of the document: a view for printing, a view for web publishing, etc. This includes a view for focussing on the contents, with minimal emphasis on the text layout? (a) is a matter of taste of course, but a lot of effort has been put in improving what people will get if they don't care, and word documents created with a recent version of word, plus two clicks to choose a theme, will maybe not be to your taste, but not be that terrible either.
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comment What is the benefit of an AT-AT walker over a conventional tank?
"it looks badass" Isn't that called "intimidation features" in military slang?
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