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I feel that this article ignores the biggest advantage of LaTeX: templates and macros. Word processors or WYSIWYG editors make it very hard to share typesetting style. On the other hand, if I want to format my text into an ACM paper there's a template for that, if I want to make a PDF for my 'zine that I'm publishing, there's a different template for that, just like there's a template for publishing my resume. Iterating on this style can happen independently to iterating on the content, and you can let other LaTeX users tweak on the actual typesetting.

I do agree that reading LaTeX or TeX in general is a bit hard, but there's been a lot of ergonomic improvements in that regard, which the article only mentions in passing. ConTeXt [1] is a pretty nice system with a much more "sane" set of default directives. There's also LuaTeX [2] if you just want to write Lua. Scribble [3] can also generate both great web documentation and good PDF documentation. On that note, I really don't find TeX that difficult to write but that is probably just pure personal opinion.




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