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William Adams <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 7 Jul 2003 22:24:49 -0400
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Martin said:
> Why should it be impossible to discuss my proposal? A designer should
> be able to discuss his ideas with a manual worker or an engineer.
> If a designer thinks of a car that is impossible to build then it is
> no good if the engineer says, he does not talk with the designer
> unless the designer became an engineer himself. They could discuss
> what is possible and what not. They could look for alternatives that
> satisfy both of them. They could learn from each other.

Fair enough, but would you, if you were an engineer want to listen to
ideas for a car from a designer who didn't know how to drive?

> Why couldn't we discuss my proposal? Why is my proposal unworthy to be
> looked at just because I don't know TeX? Why do so many people tell me
> that I am stupid and unworthy to listen to?

Because people have found it necessary to educate you first instead.
Ditto. No one said you were stupid, ignorant and ill-considered
perhaps, but those are things which can be fixed by a little research
on your part, and some forethought.

> I hoped we could start a discussion. Please tell me what exactly is
> not implementable and help me to improve my proposal.

Have you even read Michael Doob's _A Gentle Introduction to TeX_?

Until you understand the intricacies mandated by intermixing text as
commands w/ text as text there's simply not enough common ground for
a meaningful discussion.

I'm also curious as to why your idea for a syntax is superiour for
beginners than their merely using something like LyX, <>.


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