Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 24, 2005 04:22 PM
What I think perhaps many people forget / ignore in these reviews is maths. While people doing more serious maths (university level maths) are probably more likely to do TeX, many children in highschool have to do maths assignments with Word/Writer.
If you are interested in a comparison, try some simple equations in both... The quadratic equation : <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadratic_equation" title="wikipedia.org">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadratic_equation</a wikipedia.org> A complicated equation with multiple roots : <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/math/3749839363242264e1aed01e5bb45b77.png" title="wikipedia.org">http://en.wikipedia.org/math/3749839363242264e1ae<nobr>d<wbr></nobr> 01e5bb45b77.png</a wikipedia.org> (from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubic_equation" title="wikipedia.org">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubic_equation</a wikipedia.org>)
To be honest, before I switched from Writer to TeX (or more acurately, LaTeX), I found maths formatting horribly slow in word (you have to do everything with a mouse), and Writer was laggy. Even if you do it the fastest possible way - write the equation in plain text, select it, and then use a keyboard shortcut for creating the formula from it, it still takes a couple of seconds for the formula to render on slow machines (OO.o 1.0.x, may be different in later versions).
Another issue I have had with word is that if you make equations in a new version of word, and then edit the document on an older version of word, your equations would sometimes disappear.