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why .ps ?
Posted: Aug 5, 2000 5:05 AM
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why is most mathematical online-information only available in
.ps or .dvi encrypted format ???

I assume , that .ps can handle pictures , greek letters , integral
symbol etc. , but there are usually ways to do this in ASCII as well ,
with only small decrease of readability.

Most .ps files could also be written in text format , but unfortunately
text versions are usually not made available.
e.g. the sci.math posts here come in .txt format. I've never seen
.ps versions of sci.math posts attached , so it seems possible to do it
in .txt.

- .ps files cannot be searched for keywords.
- .ps files cannot be viewed online (AFAIK)
- it's difficult to download and install the (huge and complicated)
.ps-viewing software.
- .ps files are much larger , which is bad for downloading and archiving.
- printing .ps files takes much longer on many printers (I still
don't know, how to print them in suitable format on my printer)
- good conversion software ps-->txt is not available AFAIK

it seems to me , that mathematicians use .ps as an attribute of elitist
behaviour ; to make it difficult for outsiders to enter their domain.
The same reason , why doctors speak latin , lawers juristic-chinese etc.
It somehow shall make them appear competent to , but it's
counterproductive for science concerns.

What we need is a good,free .ps-->.txt conversion software , and more
mathematicians who are willing to provide their papers in .txt format.
They can still provide them in .ps format too , if they really want.
But .txt should be the standard.

disappointed , qscgz .

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