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//TODO Glorious Lies

Sep
12
comment Making “C♯” on my resume searchable
The more common problem is likely to be that PotentialNewJobCo's HR dept is still using DerpSoft ResumeScraperPro 2005 which unable to extract data from anything that isn't a .doc file and will puke on the pdf just as totally as if you sent them raw tex.
Apr
23
comment Visual comparison between LaTeX and Word output (hyphenation, typesetting, ligatures etc)
@HendrikVogt a more general purpose objection than "they cherry picked the specific width to make tex end up doing much better than the competition" would be noting that in the typical use case with normal page widths there's no need to do a hyphenation vs excess IWS tradeoff to try and get a good result with any of the tools.
Jan
22
comment How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?
@Rico that seems wrong too. A literary editor would be someone who edits (or more often suggests significant edits for the author to make) the content of a book. (vs a copy editor who does typo/spelling errors.) That said, I'm not sure what job title would have been used when layout design and physically placing the type in a printing press were separate jobs. These days for strait up prose IIRC I've seen type setter used for the person who picked the font size, margins, etc; but I believe that's a redefinition as technology has combined traditional rolls.
Jan
22
comment How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?
I'm not sure that lector's the correct English term. I'm unable to find any definition not related to public speaking for it.
Sep
4
comment My phd supervisor wants me to use Word because they can't edit LaTeX. What to do?
@UlrikeFischer IMO it really comes down to what is done with the edits/markup. A blanket accept of everything without looking at it is bad; but if the edits are in the form of "you misspelled X", or "you need a comma here"; making the correction directly to the original will take less time for the reviewer to do and not require any integration afterwards. "X is confusing, if what you mean is Y to clarify it I suggest changes A, B, and C" is often clearer if done as an in place edit. If it was confusing enough that the reviewer misunderstood you writing, a rewrite is probably needed anyway.
Sep
4
comment My phd supervisor wants me to use Word because they can't edit LaTeX. What to do?
If you enable track changes in the word document before sending it to your supervisor you don't have to worry about if they understand it. If their technical level is low enough, also default the view to Final (vs Final: Show Markup) to avoid confusing them with Word's change tracking markup while still recording all their edits. Alternately Word 2010 has a decent multi-pane diff view for .doc files. I think it was added in W2007.
Jan
23
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23
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