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Lars Madsen <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:25:54 +0000
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I think everyone doing LaTeX editing (of other peoples work) have seen this, and it makes us so depressed.

I think some of it is a generation thing, it is often `older' users who have never been told how to do things right.

The other group is those `who think they know better' -- no you do not!

Sadly I had a student coming by my office last week using constructions like this

.....} asymptotic limit \textnormal{.....}

just because they never thought about how one could configure theorems and even make them framed.

It is really depressing seeing stuff like this.

I have no idea how we should educate these people.

@Marcin, at your journal, do you tell the authors not to use these constructions?

At my department we have a few preprint series, and I actually do copyediting of these to make them look ok, and send a report back to the authors with a list of `please do not do this again'.

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
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From: Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of David Kastrup [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 02 February 2014 09:36
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Subject: Re: Feasibility of GUIs for authors and class designers in LaTeX3

Marcin Borkowski <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> A friend of mine, asked "what to do so that people stop writing bad
> LaTeX (user-level) code", gave me a brilliant answer.  After each
> stupid coding practice, cut them off one finger.  After committing ten
> idiotic mistakes, they'll stop writing bad LaTeX.

He may be overestimating toe-typists.

David Kastrup