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Re: [Texmacs-dev] [Documentation] New user misunderstanding

From: Henri Lesourd
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] [Documentation] New user misunderstanding
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 16:06:44 +0100
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Joris van der Hoeven wrote:

On Sat, Nov 19, 2005 at 09:41:20PM -0800, Karl Hegbloom wrote:
I encountered a new TeXmacs user who had no previous exposure to LaTeX.
He did not understand $math mode$, and thought that to type mathematics,
the whole document had to be in math mode.  He was complaining that
formatting didn't work right...

It was easy to explain, but having this experience, I can say that the
folks writing the tutorial and beginner documentation should keep in
mind that many folks out there have never used anything but a
conventional word processor or text editor, and have no exposure to
LaTeX or TeX typesetting.  Square one.

Thanks, we'll keep that in mind ;^)

One thing I did once that could help is having an :

in the preamble, or in a stylesheet. This way, your new
TeXmacs document becomes defaulted to math mode, this
can be simpler for beginners (it avoids the need to
raise too much questions in the 1st place).

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