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On 13/02/2014, Virgil Arrington <> wrote:
e-letter wrote,

What control is lost in latex?

Fair question, and I probably should have worded it better. Yes, with LaTeX,

you can control everything, but (at least in my experience) the learning
curve to gain that control can be daunting. The GUI of LyX makes things
easier, but even then, if you want total control, you're mixing in raw TeX
commands with options selected from a menu, all the while throwing in a long

list of preamble commands, all of which can take a long time to learn. The
point and click options in LO make things *so* much more accessible. Of
course, I'll be the first to admit that LO can't match the professional
final output of LaTeX, (especially with LaTeX's OSF font options and the
Microtype justification package), but it's getting closer, and certainly
acceptable for my purposes.

So, to make matters easier, when using LaTeX, I try to stick with the its
default formatting, which results in a (voluntary) loss of control.

OK, fair enough but as a latex user, was amazed to read a claim that
LO provides greater control! :)

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