[texhax] Migrating from Windows to Mac

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Mon Dec 14 23:50:03 CET 2009

On 14 December 2009 Tom Backer Johnsen wrote:

 > Why should one not want to use LaTeX?

Because every TeX incarnation has it's pros and cons.  Context is more
advanced then LaTeX.  Why should one want to use LaTeX, then?  Plain
TeX users often have to write code while LaTeX users just have to load
a package which already provides this code.  But plain TeX is much
faster than LaTeX.  This doesn't matter if you write a book.  But
railway companies generate customized time tables on-the-fly on their
web-sites using pdftex, banks in Germany are using TeX in order to
create statements of account (sometimes 400,000 per day), I got
telephone bills from the German Telekom created by pdftex...

In most cases LaTeX is a good choice.  But in general, if you ask what
is most appropriate, plain TeX, LaTeX, or Context, the definite answer
is "it depends".


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