tech-writing tools for Linux

Subject: tech-writing tools for Linux
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 16:28:18 -0700

For my own use,I'm assembling a list of useful free software/open source writing tools for Linux. I was well-aware of standard tools such as OpenOffice, Abiword, and dia, but here's some lesser-known ones that may be useful to people other than me:

- quanta: a GUI editor for developing on-line help for the KDE desktop.

- manedit: a GUI editor for writing man pages. It enforces the conventional struture.

-ktexmaker2: a GUI for latex.It takes most of the pain out of latex.Requires the KDE desktop installed (unsurprisingly)

- screem: described as a "site creator," screem is a multi-purpose editor for web sites. It contains quite an impressive collection of tools, including ones for writing scripts of various sorts, as well as HTML and XHTML and a menu for CVS version control. What might make it especially interesting for me is that it has a wizard for writing css style sheets.Requires the GNOME desktop installed.

Some of these tools are probably not new, but I can only plead too many packages and too little time for not discovering them before. I'm using Debian these days, and I heard last week that Debian unstable (aka "sid") currently has over ten thousand packages.I've got about 800 on my computer, and I haven't even had time to sort through all of those.

If anybody has any other discoveries, please feel free to add to the list.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

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