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Wright, C.H.G. ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA

Technical writing poses specific challenges; to meet them, LaTeX goes beyond business-oriented word processors and makes it easier to create complex documents. Here, I'll compare a typical LaTeX installation to a generic business-oriented word processor-specifically, Microsoft Word (part of the Office suite), but it could just as easily be Corel WordPerfect or OpenOffice Writer (a free software package). This isn't an exhaustive list of word processors, nor is it intended to be due to space limitations. Some of the newer free online writing tools-such as Google Docs or Zoho Writer-are basically online variations of more traditional business-oriented word processors, and they're not specifically aimed at technical writing. Finally, it's not my intention here to disparage business-oriented word processors; they're sophisticated tools that are very good at their intended purpose: producing business documents.

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Computing in Science & Engineering  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 5 )