Re: LaTex

Subject: Re: LaTex
From: "Ethan Metsger" <emetsger -at- obj-sys -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:30:45 -0400

On Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:17:28 -0400, Elizabeth J Allen <eja -at- samurai -dot- com>

> The thing about LaTeX is that it *is* code, pure and simple. LaTeX is
> a language for typesetting documents. It is easily the most powerful
> typesetting tool I have ever used (and I've used Frame, Quark, and
> InDesign). As such, it is also easily the most complex.
> Note: LaTeX is not WYSIWYG. Authoring LaTeX is a lot like editing
> HTML in a text editor. The files have to be compiled in order to
> generate output (that is, the final PDF).

As I mentioned to Joel privately, LaTeX editors do exist if you're not
interested in coding. I use LyX (, a multi-platform
editor. (It's probably best used on Linux, but should work well enough
with Windows).

LaTeX editors can make customizing your styles a bit more difficult, but
the actual writing process becomes a bit easier this way, and perhaps a
bit more maintainable. Naturally it's possible to define your own TeX
styles and import them into most editors.

Tools exist for exporting to a variety of formats (RTF, HTML, DocBook,
PDF, PS, DVI, et c.). It's an investment in time to learn, but I think
well worth it.


Ethan (emetsger -at- obj-sys -dot- com)

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