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Re: Motivations; proposed alternative license (was Re: LaTeX Public Project License, Version 1.3 (DRAFT))

On Sun, 2002-07-14 at 14:53, Steve Greenland wrote:
> On 13-Jul-02, 23:54 (CDT), Jeff Licquia <licquia@debian.org> wrote: 
> > The first thing that becomes clear is their desire that LaTeX be as
> > static and predictable as Microsoft Word over layout issues.
> Uhh, that's a joke, right? Or have you really never used MS Word? As
> someone who has had the misfortune[1] of using Word seriously for some
> fairly large documents, I can assure that "static and predictable" is
> not the phrase that comes to mind.

Well, not having used Word for years, I couldn't say.  My intent was to
communicate the LaTeX Project's wish that layout be identical for all
LaTeX users and that any changes to layout issues be in their sole

I suppose that'll teach me to use a Microsoft product as an example of
stability and reliability. :-)

> [1] Sadly, the misfortune was to some extent self-induced, as I
> was one of the people at the company that led the conversion from
> DOS/WordPerfect to Windows and Word. All I can offer is that I was both
> young and misguided at the time. I'm no longer young...

I feel your pain.

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