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Sebastian Rahtz <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 25 Jun 1997 12:28:54 +0100
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 > seems to be widely admited: 20 000 000 of LaTeX users worldwile
 >                        and  30 000 000 of Word users.

Um, where is this `widely admitted'? its not a figure I have ever seen

 > I don't agree with those who cry about the decline of TeX in the world.
 > This is absolutely wrong around me, specially in France.

Its hard for me to comment, since I know so few people who use TeX
(outside the circle of people with whom I correspond about it, like on
this list). Even sticking to academica, where my acquaintances are
largely in archaeology and computer science, I only know a couple of
people who persist with TeX; they are either purists (ie they put
explicit kerns in everything they write), or they need specific
features (like advanced math or, say, Z schemas). Otherwise they use a
word-processor, thanks very much, since it does the job almost as well.
Of course this is all `hearsay', but _can_ comment on the number of
MSS submitted to this publisher in LaTeX form - its declining.

I help a project called The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names. Their
product is typeset using LaTeX (Yannis H made it look even better for
them recently); but do they use LaTeX for their letters and reports?
do they heck. They use TeX as a black box, prepared for them by the
infamous document formatting professionals (myself and Yannis), not as
a way of life.

I entirely take the point that maths people communicate via email by
saying `x \over y'; wonderful, fine, TeX can live for ever in the
world of mathematicians. Relevance to the main body of humanity?