3)The controllability of how you want the page to look was much more direct. Tex has ways of explicitly defining alignment and formatting for figures(table,graphics,etc) or letting it do it as best fit
The last one is a bit of a design goal. The TeX community would say there algorithms tend to produce text that is much closer to professional typesetting than the average person can hope to achieve in a WYSIWYG editor.
It seems to be a standard among our faculty and grad students. Certainly the longer the paper the more i favor it over Word. 1000 word essays for bs classes still get Word.
Actually, because most meaningful computer science conferences require TeX formatting, it is pretty much the standard at every research university. For example, here are the ACM templates
. The dvi file format is also a fairly common output format for with larger, sophisticated computing/mathematical software programs (eg. Maxima). Why bother having to "rewrite" things in another program. It is also the standard for mathematics and physics publications.
I actually downloaded the ProTeXt distribution quite a while ago from the CTAN archive
. I just never got around to playing with it much. It basically contains all of the software that you need to get a complete TeX system up and running. Everything is installed using the instructions in a pdf file.
I'm currently playing with TeXnicCenter, which is a pretty slick program for working with LaTeX. I'll report more on it later.