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Where we stand

    Date: Tue, 27 May 1986  09:19 EDT
    From: "Scott E. Fahlman" <Fahlman@C.CS.CMU.EDU>

[Recipient removed: John Foderaro]

    My inclination is to go with Tex for the new document, as this seems to
    be the most widespread text-formatter around.  (I won't use any of those
    evil hacks with "roff" in the name, and Scribe (TM) is too expensive for
    some groups.)  If we use Tex macros in a consistent way, automated
    conversion to other formatters would be just as easy as if we used raw
    text in a rigid format, but the advantage is that we can quickly run off
    decent-looking working documents as we go.

I take it you decided to ignore my contention that the only viable format
for working documents is straight text with no formatting commands obscuring it?