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RE: st: math fonts/symbols

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: math fonts/symbols
Date   Sun, 13 Nov 2005 17:37:34 -0000

A detail that I don't think I have seen discussed in 
this thread, but one that has often arisen in the work of my students:  

My own Department (of Geography) is a Word shop, and 
as most of my colleagues don't use any equations ever 
that may well be a good decision for them. I am the only 
TeX user in the whole place (although far from the only 
Stata user). I use Word only when obliged to. So, my students 
grow up in this atmosphere, which is stronger than I am. 

As many will know, TeX and LaTeX use the same instructions 
for displayed mathematics and in-text mathematics, apart
from the syntax to say which is which. My students give
me the impression that using Word means, practically, using 
the Equation Editor for displayed and other bits of Word 
for in-text. The consequence is, typically, inconsistent 
fonts, etc., as well as the rather ugly typesetting that  
several others mention. 

Are my students missing something (apart from TeX etc.)? 


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