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LaTex at MacDev

From O’Reilly’s MacDev: LaTeX: It’s Not Just for Academia, Part 1 by Kevin O’Malley

LaTeX is not a word processor. It’s a document preparation system that produces typeset-quality output. LaTeX has as much, if not more, utility as commercial word processors. It’s rock solid, has a long history of use, a large user base, and best of all, it’s free. Kevin O’Malley covers the versions of LaTeX available for Mac OS X.

I’m more than a little frustrated with following my school’s dissertation format in MicrosoftWord, but what’s even more frustrating is finding a word processor that supports the formatting specifications for a dissertation, including footnotes, and Unicode. In particular, support for the “runic” characters of Middle English, like the yogh. I’m going to be looking at LaTeX, in part because of the bibliographic support for BibDesk.

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