[rfc-i] LaTeX proposal misunderstood

Yaakov Stein yaakov_s at rad.com
Wed Mar 28 13:39:15 PDT 2012

You can enter LaTeX using any editor you choose. It is just text.

You can compile the LaTeX source with the free and Open Source code available on every platform I have ever seen,
or with any of a dozen commercial implementations.
I personally use a commercial program called PCTeX, and co-workers of mine use uTeX and CMacTeX.

Take a look at the TeX Users Group (TUG) web page
and the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN) repository to see the wealth of tools available.


-----Original Message-----
From: Phillip Hallam-Baker [mailto:hallam at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 22:08
To: Yaakov Stein
Cc: Peter Saint-Andre; rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
Subject: Re: [rfc-i] LaTeX proposal misunderstood

It sounds to me that your proposal is an editor war flame rather than
something that can be accepted.

Having people what editing format or tool I am going to use is an
absolute non starter. I think we should decide that an absolute
requirement here is that any new format must have been supported by
abundant editing tools (not just one piece of crapware) before this
process began.

The problem here is that people are leaving the IETF and taking
business elsewhere because they don't want the controlling,
patronizing approach that it has been taking.

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM, Yaakov Stein <yaakov_s at rad.com> wrote:
> For what it is worth, the misconceptions I heard were:
> 1) this doesn't add anything vis-à-vis xml2rfc (first comment at the mike)
> 2) this is simply a new method of producing a normative output format, and I didn't pin down what output format I propose
> 3) LaTeX has been superseded by newer, more sophisticated, WYSIWYG tools
> 4) TeX can only be written by uber-geeks
> Y(J)S
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Saint-Andre [mailto:stpeter at stpeter.im]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 09:54
> To: Yaakov Stein
> Cc: rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
> Subject: Re: [rfc-i] LaTeX proposal misunderstood
> On 3/28/12 8:38 AM, Yaakov Stein wrote:
>> After hearing from several people after the BOF yesterday,
>> I believe that perhaps I was not clear enough.
> I thought your presentation was quite clear, so I'm wondering what
> misunderstandings you have encountered.
> Peter
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