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From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: OT: your favorite math equations editor
Date   Wed, 17 Mar 2004 18:55:52 -0000

Like quite a lot of people on this list I would generally 
prefer to use some flavour of TeX (or LaTeX) to prepare text with 
(or indeed without) much mathematical content. Which 
implementation and which text editor one uses within 
(or outside) TeX is largely a matter of taste. I've a bias to 
text editors with some understanding of TeX, that is, those 
supporting syntax highlighting for TeX files. These are available
in plenty for Windows OSes. 

By "equation editor" you may mean some add-on software designed
to compensate for the inadequacies of word processing
software in this respect. (To be fair, does any word processor 
claim excellence on this criterion?) I can't comment on those, 
as I've never used any. However, I know that many people have 
struggled with the fact that their word processor uses different 
systems for displayed equations and in-text mathematics, so that 
even on a simple level it is difficult if not impossible to use
identical fonts. That may be folklore; however, 
I've never heard of a satisfactory solution to this problem 
except not using a word processor to prepare mathematical
documents. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Mary (Merlin) Marshall
> 
> I have a collegue who teaches dynamic and thermodynamic 
> meteorology at Ohio 
> State University.  His operating system is Micro$oft Win2000 (maybe 
> Win98).  He has been thinking about using Powerpoint to teach 
> his classes, 
> but his lectures involve deriving lots of equations and he 
> does not have a 
> good equation editor.  This equation editor would also be 
> used to generate 
> equations in research articles for publication in meteorology 
> journals.
> 
> So, I have a question for all of you using the Windows 
> operating system who 
> must write a lot of equations in your publications, lectures, 
> etc. What 
> editor would you recommend/what is your favorite editor?  If you have 
> experience with more than one equation editor, what were the 
> pluses and 
> minuses of each?

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