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LATEX-L  June 1997

LATEX-L June 1997

Subject:

Re: LaTeX3 goals (was Re: ideal future document processing

From:

"Michel Lavaud Orleans (France)" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 26 Jun 1997 16:31:34 +0000

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>  > 1 - Comparing TeX/LaTeX to RTF ; and there LaTeX is vastly superior
>  > for scientists, for the simple reason that there are no formulas in
>  > RTF. They are borrowed from an external software written by a third
> not true, actually. if you look at the DSSSL engine Jade, it
> writes RTF containing math.

RTF contains math in the same sense as LaTeX contains color.
Equations in MSWord are included with option "Insert
Object", and then you select "Equation" (as you would select "Image"
to insert an image). Equations are included via OLE mechanism,
which is ananogous to what TeX does with \special.
Please, have a look at the rtf output I inserted below : there is,
embedded in the linked object, a bitmap image and the formula in the
language used to describe equations. This language has nothing
to do originally with RTF, as it was designed by a third party
(MathDesign or something like that) and partly sold to Microsoft.
In this example, I have stripped off the header (that would
correspond to \documentclass{article})


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and in TeX, it is:

{\bf Bonjour,}
$$
\int_A^B f(x)dx = C
$$

A little bit shorter and easier to read, I think ?
Michel Lavaud  ([log in to unmask])

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