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Thu, 26 Nov 1998 09:13:22 -0500
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At 03:29 AM 98/11/26 , you wrote:

>Timothy Murphy writes:

> > I just looked at a random selection of 15 new books
> > on the way to our research library,
> > and as far as I could see they were all written in TeX/LaTeX.

>perhaps you'd care to tell us how you can tell, unless they explicitly
>say so, out of interest? it is, perhaps, an indictment of TeX is it
>always shows its traces... I'd like to think the books I have typeset
>using TeX (not mathematical, of course) could *not* be traced back.

I went around the MIT Coop the other day and in certain fields like
Computer Science many books are indeed obviously done using LaTeX.
How can I tell?  (1) Computer Modern fonts, (2) `Idiosyncratic' (:-) layout
of default LaTeX styles (I won't say classes because I doubt whether too
many of these people know there even is a LaTeX 2e).

Which is indeed sad, since one can do so much more with (La)TeX.
The fact that the authors do the typesetting limits the design seriously
(while saving the publisher a pile of money).

Regards, Berthold Horn