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Re: The Value of TEX

On Sat, 20 Sep 1997, butch wrote:

> hello,
> I am a newbie to linux and i keep hearing all of these postings to the
> groups about tex. my question is just how long would it take to be
> proficient and is the program really relevant at this period of time?

To produce simple documents (letters,  reports,  papers),  you could learn
in about fifteen minutes, with a decent book (like "LaTeX: A Document
Preparation System" by Leslie Lamport,  latex's author).  Btw,  if you're
going to learn tex,  you'll probably want to concentrate on the LaTeX
dialect,  and learn to use Emacs;  it makes it much simpler in general.

To learn to do some of the niftier,  high-end stuff,  you could spend
years. It's like othello:  A Minute to Learn,  a Lifetime to Master.


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