> Almost all the messages I've seen so far involve TeX on Windows systems. I
> hope I'm not the only Macintosh user on IRTRAD (!) -- is anyone out there
> familiar with the Mac versions of TeX -- OzTeX, for instance? When you talk
> about TeX being 'device-independent', do you mean that any TeX file can be
> opened cleanly by any computer running TeX? (I'm thinking particularly of
> Irish & Scottish Gaelic texts -- Macs & Windows don't assign the same
> character codes to accented vowels so a Word (Mac) file gets garbaged up when
> opened by Word (Windows). ) Or have I misunderstood what I've read so far?
Yes, sort of. TeX is *not* a wysiwyg (what you see is what you get)
word-processor. Tex input files (e.g. file.tex) are just ascii files with no
special character codes. Thus to put an acute accent on the letter a you use
"\'a" in the file.tex file. You then run tex on this file which generates a
file called file.dvi. This is a device-independent file and can be opened
by any computer (using dvi2win for example) provided you've got all the fonts.
> Are there Mac versions of MusicTeX and/or abc2MTEX anywhere? In fact does
> anyone know of a list or newsgroup where Mac/TeX fans hang out?
Since MusicTeX is just a set of macros (i.e. effectively just
another ascii .tex file) you shouldn't need a special version for a Mac.
abc2mtex however is compiled C code - I don't know if anyone has successfully
compiled a Mac version.
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