I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis about symbol recognition. In my introduction, I have the sentence
[LaTeX] offers to many people the possibility not only to create texts themselves, but also make them look beautiful without knowledge of typesetting algorithms.
My advisor thinks I should remove / change "beautiful" because it is subjective.
I think the statement itself is true (comparing the output of some example texts of OpenOffice and LaTeX) and I am sure one can objectively measure it (number of widows and orphans, word breaks, grey-value of an image, inter- and intra-word spacing, and eventually even more).
Do you know if some studies were made that compare (La)TeX with OpenOffice Word / Microsoft Word / something else?
(Don't get me wrong: If there are studys that compare (La)TeX with something else that show that there is a better option, I am interested in it, too.)