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

Alan T Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Fri Mar 22 02:19:42 CET 2013

On 22/03/13 2:05 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

> Well, since Steve is on OS X (he asked whether he should install
> MacTeX), it doesn't make much sense to discuss the pros and cons of
> Microsoft Word in detail.

Why not? Word on the Mac is pretty good. I would use it to edit txt 
(tex) documents though because it may change characters depending on 
what font (therefore character set) is set as default.

> As far as UTF-8 is concerned, we still don't know how the files Steve
> has to edit are encoded.

I think ASCII, from the first post.

> Steve,
> the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that installing
> MacTeX is by far the best solution.  As a Mac user you certainly want
> to use TeXShop as an editor.  It's easy to use but quite powerful
> though.  It's designed for the Mac, so you will be comfortable with
> its user interface immediately.  As said before, it's part of MacTeX,
> you don't have to install it separetly.
> I'm absolutely sure that TeXShop is exactly what you asked for and that
> you'll enjoy it.

Agreed, it is what I use and I have used a lot of different editors.

> BTW, it's strange to see that if someone doesn't mention the OS he's
> using, everybody assumes that it's Windows.

Not really. It was the talk about Word that led me astray and I am a Mac 
user who uses Word on the Mac every day.

> And even after you
> mentioned MacTeX, people suggested to install Windows binaries.  Sigh!
> When will Windows users grok that they are not alone in the universe?

That is more likely to be delays in postings getting through various 
mail systems.


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