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### Improving on our literature creation software/data

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:12 pm
There is a piece of software available that has been used to create documents for the last 30 years, which is again based on software which is about 40 years old. That software is still in use today and is trusted by many people. It's called LaTeX (I recently discovered it's announce La-Tech. Thing with LaTeX is that, unlike other products, it is actually finished (as in done, no more features needed). This means that documents produced with it can compile with the exact same result 30 years down the road. It's also open source software.

• Open source
• Guaranteed future compatible (so, 30 years down the road the document can be edited and compile to exact the same result). This one is important for our fellowship.
• It forces you to focus on the content, as opposed to the layout. The layout is taken care of by LaTeX, in accordance to your instructions.
• Better results then a word processor
• Better automation then a word processor (for our purposes: automatic contents, indexes, footnotes, headers, page markup, outlining, etc.
• There's an initial learning curve, but once you've overcome that, you can get way better results then with a word processor
• It's not WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), this means that you won't see the results of your changes immediately as the final result. This is actually also an advantage of it. There are some latex editors that compile the document while you type and show the result as you work right next to your work window. overleaf is an example of that. That are many more latex editors.
It is important for us to realize that certain software or services might not be there 30 years (or even 5 years) down the road or might be completely incompatible with our current documents. For me, this is not acceptable, this is a genuine concern with a future fellow which might all of a sudden find that he has to surrender his anonymity or cannot open a document which was created 30 years ago and needs to edit it. In this regard, my thoughts are with future fellows who may need to do work on documents we're creating today.

There is also a Tutorial, another one, yet another one. You can find more by asking google or duckduckgo.

If we go for latex, but choose not to use overleaf, we may need to provide ourselves with revision control and some people may need help in setting latex and rcs up on their computer. Which, shortly said, results in us needing to figure out some more stuff. This is a side issue (as overleaf is a real option).

• I checked out their terms, and they're very reasonable. They basically provide the software and we keep ownership of our documents.
• They respect privacy.
• Functions much the same as google docs, as in you can have multiple people work in the same document.
• No need for a latex install on your computer.
The only disadvantage it has is that it costs money (as far as I could figure out, but in this regard I may be wrong).

What follows in an example tex file, which produces the attached result:

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\documentclass[12pt,oneside,a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{array}
\author{CGAA}
\begin{document}
\newcommand{\yesno}{ $\square$ Yes \ \ $\square$ No }

\maketitle{}
\tableofcontents{}
\frontmatter{}
This is the first line.

This is the second line.

This is the third line.
\mainmatter{}
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