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Are you interested in taking a course on TeX and/or LaTeX?
Poll ended at Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:31 pm
only plain TeX 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
only LaTeX 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
both plain TeX and LaTeX 48%  48%  [ 11 ]
yes, but not in the coming two terms 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
not at all 43%  43%  [ 10 ]
Total votes : 23
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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:17 am 
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Yes. As you see, so far the interest is just about enough for a seminar course.

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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:37 am 
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I voted with yes and I want to ask a question.
Is it sure that it will be seminar?


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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:44 pm 
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szigetva wrote:
Of course, not. It could not be compulsory: compulsory courses are all listed in the curriculum. This would be an elective course. That is why we are interested in how many of you would consider taking it. Did we ever ask you whether you would like to take phonology courses? :D

Well, you have a point - stupid question :) (I wish you did ask me about phonology :lol: )
Thanks for the answers, I hope I didn't get on your nerves too much :)


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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:50 pm 
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MailMan wrote:
1. How much does the result of the vote in this topic influence your decision? You can see that those who wish to participate are only in slight majority.
It is not an issue of majority, the "no" option is only there so that anyone can vote and so that we see how many of you did. The dozen yeses are enough for a course, we hope you all voted seriously.
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2. If you do launch a course (or more), is it/are they going to be compulsory?
Of course, not. It could not be compulsory: compulsory courses are all listed in the curriculum. This would be an elective course. That is why we are interested in how many of you would consider taking it. Did we ever ask you whether you would like to take phonology courses? :D

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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:44 pm 
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It does, thank you. I have two more questions though:
1. How much does the result of the vote in this topic influence your decision? You can see that those who wish to participate are only in slight majority.
2. If you do launch a course (or more), is it/are they going to be compulsory?


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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:25 pm 
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We believe that this practical course would be useful for those who do not plan to continue their studies after their BA degree, but also for those who do. TeX/LaTeX is held to be the best free professional typesetting system available and we are certain that being familiar with such systems is a great benefit for anyone involved in producing texts electronically.

Last term a student of your group asked whether we were planning to talk about TeX/LaTeX in detail. We already ran similar courses at the Theoretical Linguistics Programme and there was ample interest despite the much more modest cohort of students available there.

We see that this typography course could be much more effective if it were a seminar not a lecture, but SEAS cannot afford to launch this course as a series of seminars. We offer TeX/LaTeX for the interested few instead.

Does that answer you question?

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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:20 pm 
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With all due respect, could you tell us why TeX and LaTex are so important that you are considering to launch courses on them?


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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:32 pm 
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We either launch a single course squeezing everything in it, or two courses but then the topic has to be split. Almost everything that you do in plain TeX works in LaTeX too. So the things covered in the plain TeX course will not be useless (I think, but then it is me who is supposed to be responsible for that :)).

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 Post subject: Re: TeX, LaTeX course
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I voted the "both" option, but I think emphasis should be on LaTeX, and we should only learn the essentials of plain TeX.


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 Post subject: TeX, LaTeX course
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:31 pm 
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We are considering launching courses on the nonWYSIWYG typesetting systems plain TeX and LaTeX. I would run one on plain TeX in the autumn 2008 term. In the spring 2009 term it would be followed by another course on LaTeX by Dr Kiss. We were wondering if there was enough interest in these courses. Please cast your vote (and be serious about it).

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