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Writing longer scientific documents requires more from the text processing software than common writing tasks. For us scientists its worth thinking about which piece of software will give us the best results in the least amount of time. Speed usually comes with routine, in most cases that would be ''Microsoft Word''. But in some cases it might actually save us time and produce better text documents if we use ''LaTeX'', even if you still have to learn. The table below may help you to make a decision which piece of software is most appropriate for your task at hand.
 
Writing longer scientific documents requires more from the text processing software than common writing tasks. For us scientists its worth thinking about which piece of software will give us the best results in the least amount of time. Speed usually comes with routine, in most cases that would be ''Microsoft Word''. But in some cases it might actually save us time and produce better text documents if we use ''LaTeX'', even if you still have to learn. The table below may help you to make a decision which piece of software is most appropriate for your task at hand.
 
  
 
== Comparison of Word and Latex ==
 
== Comparison of Word and Latex ==
  
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| style="width:40%" | [[Image:MSWord logo.png]]
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| style="width:40%" | [[Image:TexShop logo.gif]]
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| speed small docs
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| speed big docs w graphics
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| ease of use
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| layout quality
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| scientific features
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Revision as of 01:47, 1 August 2007

Writing longer scientific documents requires more from the text processing software than common writing tasks. For us scientists its worth thinking about which piece of software will give us the best results in the least amount of time. Speed usually comes with routine, in most cases that would be Microsoft Word. But in some cases it might actually save us time and produce better text documents if we use LaTeX, even if you still have to learn. The table below may help you to make a decision which piece of software is most appropriate for your task at hand.

Comparison of Word and Latex

MS Word LaTeX
area MSWord logo.png TexShop logo.gif
speed small docs 3stars.png 2stars.png
speed big docs w graphics 1star.png 3stars.png
ease of use 3stars.png 2stars.png
layout quality 1star.png 3stars.png
scientific features 1star.png 3stars.png
price + availability 1star.png 3stars.png


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