OT: ebook, print documentation tools
devguy.ca-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Wed Sep 30 03:12:24 UTC 2009
Ian Petersen wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:08 AM, Rajinder Yadav <devguy.ca-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org> wrote:
>> Ian Petersen wrote:
>>> On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 9:32 PM, Christopher Browne <cbbrowne-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org>
>>>> 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
>>>> Lyx is pretty suitable for *not* encouraging bad habits surrounding
>>>> engagement in physical layout.
>>>> And it can generate a reasonable variety of output formats...
>>> I'll second Lyx. I've never written anything so ambitious as a book,
>>> but I used Lyx to take notes in the second half of university so I've
>>> spent a lot of time with it. The printed output is _very_ pleasing to
>>> the eye. Also, the tool itself is really nice--it lets you focus on
>>> the content and structure of the document and takes care of all the
>>> messy formatting for you. I'm not sure what kind of web-friendly
>>> output you can generate, but you might be able to convert the LaTeX,
>>> PDF, or PostScript output to HTML using some sort of filter. Also, if
>>> your book has even the slightest whiff of math in it, you can't beat
>>> the equation editor in Lyx.
>> By any chance would you know how I could add source code and make it look
>> good? My Ruby script snippets doesn't look too hot.
> It's been ages so no, I don't remember. I think I did something like
> store the source in an external text file and include it in a verbatim
> section, or something, but that's a very fuzzy memory. When you have
> the time to read the manual, do so--it's really good and it's written
> as a Lyx document so you can see how they did everything.
Your talk got me motivated to look into this again and I was able to get the
highlight tool producing cool colorized source code Tex that I was able to
import into Lyx.
Now my notes will look a bit more professional ;)
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