[Rd] R Newsletter: 1st Call for Articles

Duncan Murdoch dmurdoch@pair.com
Thu, 21 Dec 2000 13:10:51 GMT

On Thu, 21 Dec 2000 06:59:30 -0500, you wrote:

>Ok, I understand the problematic and I have no problems with it. The next
>question that comes to mind is: Is there some Latex software or something
>that one could use to produce Latex documents on a Windows platform?

Latex is the language that you type; a processor converts it into
things that will print (in the old days, .dvi files; now .ps or .pdf
or .html files too).

If you really mean you want a program to produce the Latex for you,
there are several choices:  Mathematica can output Latex, there used
to be a package called Scientific Word that would do the same.  One
thing to watch out for is that these programs produce Latex that might
not be usable by anyone else, since they rely on special macros that
not everyone has.  (This was my experience with SW several years ago,
I've never used these facilities in Mathematica.)

There is an editor called WinEdt that has a number of facilities
built-in to help in typing Latex files.

If you meant you want to process Latex files, Brian Ripley mentioned
two:  Miktex and fptex.  I've recently switched to Miktex and it's
fine; I don't have experience with fptex.  Miktex isn't completely
trivial to install, but it's much better than some of the older
distributions (which required you to set up a long list of environment
variables, and put files in the right places, etc.).  

You can download Miktex or fptex from http://www.ctan.org/.  I don't
know which files you need to get; someone else did it for me.

Duncan Murdoch
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