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Readers sound off.
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I much appreciated the article by Jan Schaumann, “More than Words” in the November 2001 issue. Not only did I learn some new ways to deal with .doc files, but I was pleased to see him plug TeX and LaTeX. Word processors were invented for those who want to aid and abet in their own victimization, and the users of word processors deserve all the problems and version incompatibilities they experience.

I've been a TeX and LaTeX user since 1985, and everything I've written since then still runs through typesetting with the same results. Using a simple text editor, one can generate PostScript files, Portable Document Format files and HTML files—that is, one source document can be a printable manual, a downloadable manual and a web presentation. We even use LaTeX to generate e-commerce click-to-buy pages, the generation of which is easily automated. The make utility automates generation of all of the mentioned outputs with dependency checking. Multiple authors can take part in an “expression” and have it present a consistent and always up-to-date content. Examples of our usage can be found at www.amplepower.com and www.pwrtap.com. Word processors? No thanks, I have work to do.

—David Smead

Erratum: “2001 Readers' Choice Awards”

(LJ, November 2001)

The article read:

Favorite Desktop Environment

1. KDE 2. GNOME 3. Window Maker

This was one of the most popular categories, and KDE is the clear winner, receiving 40% of all votes. GNOME came in second with 24.5%, and the favorite write-in was xfcr. And special mention, of course, for the command line.

The “favorite write-in” mentioned above should be spelled XFce and not xfcr.

—Chuck Meadwww.xfce.org

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