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31 December 2004 @ 09:03 pm
And on yet another note - my father met Professor Knuth! Apparently he came to my parents' church on Boxing Day morning, and at the end of the service enquired of the priest who it was that had made the Service booklets for the church as they were clearly done in TeX. The priest then came rushing to find my father to introduce him.

Somehow, only in Oxford ;) (For suitable definitions of Oxford that probably include Cambridge, except that it's in Oxford that he owns a flat.)
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: Return of the King Directors Commentary
Jonathanmcurtains on December 31st, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
What characteristics does a Tex document have that make it identifiable?
Margaretpling on December 31st, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
Haven't the foggiest. But clearly the great man recognises his own creation or something ;)
Johnjarel on December 31st, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
I couldn't say, either. But somehow there's a distinctive look to it - you could always spot lecture notes prepared with it ...
Jonathanmcurtains on January 1st, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
I know what you mean, but I always thought this was due to the use of particular typefaces. which I wouldn't have thought would be relevant today.
Robdreema on January 1st, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's the fonts that I always picked up on, they seem slightly heavier and more rounded than say fonts you get in windows or mac systems
Martin Atkins: normalmart on January 1st, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)

Other than the font thing, the typesetting and layout in TEX is appreciably different (read: better) than, say, Microsoft Word. It's hard to say exactly what the difference is, but I write all of my documents in the font Palatino and yet it's still possible to tell which were typeset by TEX and which weren't. (I don't use Word, though, so I've not seen a Word document using Palatino.)

My web browser is really bad at doing subscript.

compscilin: robot dreamscompscilin on January 1st, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
Saw your post on bride's friendslist while trying to find something.

I like this brush with fame story because of its nerdiness, and I too appreciate the distinctive look of TeX documents.