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Re: [BKARTS] How to print the same book on two sizes of paper

LaTeX is a macro package for TeX.

Hmm. I guess that doesn't explain much.
TeX (pronounced 'tech' with a ch as in the Scottish word 'loch') is a program for producing formatted documents using plain text as its input. It has been around for quite a long time (since early 1980's). It was originally developed by Donald Knuth to produce his multi-volume book set "The Art of Computer Programming" because of his dissatisfaction with the quality of mathematical typesetting at the time. The first volume was produced using Monotype which worked well, but by the time the second volume was ready for publishing, Monotype casters were passé and the phototypesetting at the time was unsatisfactory. So he did what any self-respecting computer scientist would have done: he wrote his own typesetting language (and along with it, a font description language).

TeX (along with other plain-text formatters like the ROFF family) are the antithesis of WYSIWYG, but they have their advantages. One is that you can track changes from one revision to the next in plain text while WYSIWYG editors may be able to show you something has changed, but are often unable to tell you the actual nature of the change. Another is that global changes to formatting are just as easy as global changes to spelling, since the formatting is just more text. By altering the macros or their parameters you can generate the same document in several forms without making changes to the document itself.

-Kevin Martin
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