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This is not really a LaTeX/TeX improvement, but probably existed because TeX existed: the literate programming term coined by Donald Knuth. Although the concept is not so new (the Literate Programming book was published in 1992), this allowed in the last years an unprecedented relation between stored data, analysis, programming and manuscripts, IMHO mainly ...


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I'm not sure today's zipped XML in Word is a step up - because only Word reads it reliably. A colleague wrote her thesis in Word - now, given the colleague has no intention of paying for Word, Libre Office is a natural alternative. However the formatting is utterly and completely broken... Now you may blame this on Libre Office not reading the docx ...


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Advantages of MS Word: Your grandmother can probably use it. (You may sneer, but not every human is a computer expert. Some of them are salesman or piano tuners.) It's highly compatible. (I.e., almost everybody has it — especially in a commercial setting.) You can instantly see what the final document is going to look like. You don't have to ...


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There is one huge advantage of Latex over word or anything GUI type program like it: For generating large documents, I learned how to write a program which generates the Latex document itself. This comes very handy, when processing thousands of equations and results and making tables and doing analysis on the data. I write the program which generates the ...


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Support for PDF and press-ready printing, including colour models other than RGB, vector graphics beyond the simplistic (E)WMF --- these options have been available in (La)TeX almost since its inception.


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I'm very leery of (collaborative) open-source software which is supposedly better than much more polished commercial software full of "bloat and eyecandy". For a long time I avoided LaTeX, since I assumed the users were just being elitist about an overcomplicated system (needless to say, I no longer hold this opinion). Even so, I have recently (after the ...


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Tl;dr: A few new features have brought latex closer to word, but word retains a few advantages. Latex still has unmatched killer major features, but none of them is really new. fix some (major) disadvantages LaTeX might have had in comparison to Word some years ago? Answers should start with these disadvantages, maybe. Here are a few I can think of (or ...


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High level decisions Two major improvements of the last ten years: The large packages (KOMAscript, memoir, pstricks, TiKz, e.g.) matured. The major improvement wasn't the definition of hundreds of new commands or subpackages. The major improvement was the development of high level commands which made writing in LaTeX less »programming while writing«. ...


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In addition to the earlier answers: Programmability. You can use VBA to change a Word document (e.g. to change its layout), but it's a pain in the ass. There are so many inconsistencies, limitations, commands that should work but don't etc. Writing code for Word is an exercise in frustration. Consistency. It's difficult to enforce a consistent layout ...


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...all the 9 answer before me + We can program with/in TeX Comand line: It is easy to include in programs, scripts, makefiles (Any → Tex): tex is textual: we can write tools (DSL in Perl, Python, Ruby, yacc, etc) that generates LaTeX or parts of LaTeX. (Tex → Any): tex is textual: we can write tools that convert to other type of documents (TeX4ht, pandoc, ...


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We are comparing incomparable. Word is user interface for creating documents and TeX is language for typesetting. We can say that Word is something like Lyx, it means that the most important is user interface. Word generates a special XML language. But TeX language is much more flexible than this XML. And very important is that TeX language was designed for ...


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Long-term interoperability is the first in honor for (La)TeX. Word cannot boast in this, for example, W'07 docs show no warranty to be open totally properly by W'10.


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The main reason I gave up Word for LaTeX is so that I could keep all of my documents under version control. You could argue that I could do the same thing with a .docx file, but Git likes .tex just fine, and I can do all the usual cool Git tricks as well.


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Let's break down the list first; Nowadays Word doesn't have a binary format anymore, the files are just zipped xml files This sounds as if it is a good thing. Word is capable of automatic equation numbering, index generation, table of contents and so on I wish. The gist is there but if you really want to use it on long documents, ...


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The main advantage I see with LaTeX is that everything's in the open. You can ask a question, like on StackExchange, by quoting straightforward text, and you get an answer in straightforward text rather than "try clicking this menu and that, oh, in Windows 7 this may be in a different ribbon and they self-organize anyway". Word help tends to work better ...


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I don't think this qualifies as an improvement, since it's always been that way, but for me the big advantage of LaTeX over just about anything is that I can write documents using the same editor I use for code, and so don't have to retrain my fingers to an entirely different set of commands. For actual improvements, I'd say the ability to go straight to ...


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Most of the greatest recent advantages of LaTeX have been mentioned, but I want to highlight the fact that XeTeX and LuaTeX are among the best systems for multi-lingual documents. In my line of work, I have found that the only truly reliable way of composing documents in different languages, scripts and even dialects is with recent TeX engines and the ...


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Word has two big ‘advantages’ over LaTeX: The ability to (a) let you smash together terrible looking documents in minutes, and (b) totally distract you from the content of the document (the text) when you try to correct the mess. Well, this was not about the improvements of LaTeX. The biggest improvement in LaTeX the last years, is the much better ...


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this is not about any improvements in (la)tex. it is only about stability. it is very likely that an article created (and published) in 2000 in latex can be re-used directly today in a volume of "collected works", whereas such an article created at the same time in word will most likely require considerably more work, possibly even rekeying. mathematics ...


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I do not know of LaTeX ever having any disandvantages as compared to Word over the years, other than Word had more funding, so I will only comment on the new (killer) features where Word can't keep up. Macros - been there from day one, include here hundreds of new packages. PGF/TikZ XeTeX and LuaTeX, ConTeXt Microtype The ability to exercise your ...


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OPmac for example. The main credo is "simplicity is power". The first sentence from www page reads: OPmac are additional macros to allow to get the LaTeX basic functionality by simple plainTeX macros: font size selecting, automatic creation of the table of contents and the index, working with bibliographic databases of references, links, hyperlinks etc. It ...



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