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LaTeX (was Re: Intergermansk)

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, January 27, 2005, 19:39
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From: "Pascal A. Kramm" <pkramm@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 5:30 pm
Subject: Re: Intergermansk

> >It may be noted, tho, that my lect - unlike BP's, I know - > doesn't like > syllable > >-final [x]. I actually had an interesting example of this today; > a guy at the > >maths institute was introducing me and some other students to the > wonders of > >LaTeX, and told us that the name, by the decree of Knuth, is to > be pronounced > >as [la'tEx] - afterwards, he and everyone else said [lA'tES], > except me, who > >for no specific reason maintained the final velar, despite the > foreign flair it > >gives. > > Over here, I always hear it pronounced /lateks/.
TeX is correctly written {T}{subscript-E}{X} (lower case {e} is the preferred substitution in ASCII), and pronounced /tex/. AFAICT, LaTeX should be written and pronounced accordingly.
> (Not that I would > evertouch it with pincers, mind you, but I don't need it as I'm > avoidinganything maths-related like the plague, as far as possible).
LaTeX is useful for so much more beyond mathematical texts, though. Got a conlangy idea that needs a weird diacritic? Want to publish it in an unambiguous way? Write in LaTeX, and publish in PDF. Maybe you've got something in a complex writing system? Add Metafont to the mix, and you're good to go. Paul


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
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