[texhax] What program can I use to edit TeX files?

Steven Pisano spisano1 at nyc.rr.com
Thu Mar 21 19:01:37 CET 2013

Barbara, Thomas:

Thank you so much for your input, and helping along a newbie.

Here is a sample file (.txt) I edited (along with original ".tex" file).

Without being specific, the publisher told me I could not give them a "txt" file because "characters will not appear correctly in ASCII format."

So, all "wars" aside, what I guess I need to know is that if Word could inadvertently introduce artifacts that would prevent or interfere with TeX compiling the file correctly, all I need to use is a bare bones editor that will enable me to give a ".tex" file back to the publisher.

I am not creating dvi files. I am not 'typesetting' the book.

I am only doing "language editing," not actually editing the equations

Thank you.


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On Mar 21, 2013, at 1:41 PM, Barbara Beeton wrote:

> On Thu, 21 Mar 2013, Thomas Schneider wrote:
>    Steven:
>> I thought I could just work on the TeX files in Word, treating them
>> as ASCII files, but the publisher wants me to edit the actual TeX
>> files and send them back to them as edited TeX files, not as ASCII
>> files.
>    TeX is in ASCII already.  The files could be '.txt' but are normally
>    labeled '.tex'.
> watch out here -- unless the basic language
> of the files is english, it could be using
> another encoding.  utf-8 is becomeing more
> and more popular, for good reason.  (i have
> no idea what word will do with utf-8.)
> 						-- bb

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