Spent the morning looking at LaTeX layout and I have learned a few things:
1) There's a reason everyone uses the same templates like book or memoir: they do an awful lot of the heavy lifting for you.
2) There's more than one way to do things, and many of them have subtle knock-on effects that you won't notice until it's too late.
3) Boy howdy this thing is powerfully addicting. Even something as simple as \lipsum[1-5] in memoir with a little bit of formatting just looks so damn good.
The other thing to realize is that LaTeX is the semantic abstraction over TeX. If you want super fine grained control, TeX is the control language.
But using TeX is so very difficult that LaTeX is what people fall on.
But I think the next question is, as beautiful as TeX and LaTeX are... do we need them anymore? Do we need paper-oriented documents to be our primary system?
Why not electronic documents?
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