Over the weekend a minor smack-talk session opened up on Twitter between Maria Andersen and about half a dozen other math people about MathType versus $latex \LaTeX$. Maria is on record as being pro-MathType and yesterday she claimed that $latex \LaTeX$ is „not intuitive to learn”. I warned her that a pro-$latex \LaTeX$ blog post was in the offing with those remarks, and so it comes to this. $latex \LaTeX$ is accessible enough that every math teacher and every student in a math class at or above Calculus can (and many should) learn $latex \LaTeX$ and use it for their work. I have been using $latex \LaTeX$ for 15 years now and have been teaching it to our sophomore math majors for five years. I can tell you that students can learn it, and learn to love it.
Why use $latex \LaTeX$ when MathType is already out there, bundled with…
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