OT: ebook, print documentation tools

Chris F.A. Johnson chris-E7bvbYbpR6jSUeElwK9/Pw at public.gmane.org
Mon Sep 28 06:57:35 UTC 2009

On Mon, 28 Sep 2009, Christopher Browne wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 10:28 PM, Chris F.A. Johnson
> <chris-E7bvbYbpR6jSUeElwK9/Pw at public.gmane.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, 27 Sep 2009, Rajinder Yadav wrote:
> >
> >> I am thinking of writing a ebook, possibly even something for publishing.. It's
> >> just an idea I am kicking around and I was wondering what is a good tool that
> >> I can use to create public quality documents?
> >
> >   For an e-book, I would write it in HTML. For that, all you need is
> >   a text editor.
> Let me disagree, at least lightly...
> If you write in HTML, you'll be tempted to use HTML features, notably
> linking, which is pretty unamenable to the rather "ultimately serial"
> form of books.
> The last time I was working on a book (it's gone astray, due to
> collaborators being too busy for completion...), we were using Lyx
> <http://www.lyx.org/>.
> Lyx is pretty suitable for *not* encouraging bad habits surrounding
> engagement in physical layout.

   HTML has nothing to do with physical layout.

> And it can generate a reasonable variety of output formats...


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