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RE: st: RE: Re: TeX template for PDF help files


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>, "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Re: TeX template for PDF help files
Date   Sun, 22 Nov 2009 11:25:27 -0500

At 11:04 AM 11/22/2009, Nick Cox wrote:
I don't understand what you are proposing then.

If people want to use Word privately as a text editor, that's up to
them, and there need be no proposal of it as a public standard.

As I understand Roy's original argument, there would be a Word Template, the purpose of which would be to make writing help files easier to write and more standardized. Presumably there could also be TEX templates and other templates for those who preferred not to use Word. The resulting file would be converted to pdf.

I don't know how feasible it is, but in principle I think it is a great idea. For me personally, writing programs is kind of fun, writing help files in smcl is a terrible horrible awful painful experience. Maybe if I wrote them all the time it would be different, but when you only do it now and then it is like you have to go back and relearn smcl from scratch all the time.

Whether Roy is on the best track or not, I don't know, but if I never had to write another line using smcl again, I'd be quite happy.


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