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I see a few issues. As has already been mentioned in a comment, CM is rather 'light' on the screen: Knuth allowed for the bleed in printing when designing the font, but that makes it a not-so-good choice on screen. More generally, I feel that sanserif fonts probably work better, particular on smaller screens. Secondly, the 'LaTeX always uses CM' approach is ...


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Most gyms earn their money from the people who pay for it but never show up. A competition would lead to yet another xii.tex (How could the macro xii.tex be simplified into a better readable form) while blowing the minds by its results it will make people stay wawy even more from it. Somebody even controlled a Mars rover with it. So I think TeXnicians ...


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I'm a cofounder at writeLaTeX. In their profiles, 46% of our users identify themselves as 'just starting out' or 'beginner' at LaTeX (n=72 -- we just launched these profiles yesterday, so these are of course preliminary numbers; the other levels are 'intermediate', 'expert', and 'I am Don Knuth'). This says to me that there is a healthy interest in learning ...


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I think it's perfectly ok to suggest not to do something, but don't see why there should be an issue to providing a solution to something, even if the general consensus is that one should not do it. There are particular circumstances, which are not always clear in the MWE in the question where it may make sense. Not every use of LaTeX is intended for a paper ...


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My opinion only: (Please take it positively no offence on anyone) "A LaTeX competition to promote LaTeX to the masses" : Good Intent to promote to masses and great idea as well for competition. But "should TeX community should do the same ?" Not sure, but I agree with other answers and points and to add: TeX is different species/OSS world all together ...


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I'm not sure such a competition would work very well. People unfamiliar with TeX will probably just dismiss it a geek competition. I've seen very smart people look at basic TeX code and declare it incomprehensible. They also say the same thing about HTML. I'm not sure TeX could generate the interest of a program that everyone knows about and is more user-...


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Apparently, it is possible to at least try to control the amount of slant using CSS3 skew transforms, but honestly, I wouldn't want to try it — even if it works, it's likely to look pretty horrible on most browsers. It seems much safer to stick to plain old font-style: italic and just let the browser / OS font renderer implement it as best as it can, ...


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A Pandoc MarkDown GUI is the answer. The masses certainly are using MarkDown syntax to write forum entries such as these here on Stack Exchange. What about casting a graphical user interface (GUI) (perhaps a gedit-plugin?) with collaborative distributive revision control (e.g. mercurial for MS Windows & Mac OSX support) around the Pandoc document ...


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I finally understood how I should proceed to put the command's tex in a question. As explained to me by Jake and doncherry, we need to select the command's tex code block and then press Ctrl+K. Another command is too simple: press the button {} above, as explained too by doncherry.


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