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Non- "WYSIWYG" Text Editing?

Link to this post 26 May 11

What is the best non-WYSIWYG editor for writing a technical manual or a book? I would love to begin committing to paper several ideas which have been on my to-do list for some time. Thanks to anyone in advance for help!

Link to this post 26 May 11

My favorite non-wysiwyg editor for documentation is texmaker (http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/) , it will make it a little bit easier to make clean LaTeX document for postscript or PDF output.

Link to this post 26 May 11

Deleted post, never mind, Matt got it, I didn't.

Link to this post 26 May 11

LaTeX is probably what you want for such a project. There is a certain learning curve, but once you get past that, you've mastered a text processing framework that's quite flexible, and basically the industry standard in many fields (e.g. mathematics and physics). It can be used with any editor, but I second mfillpot's suggestion of Texmaker if this is your first time trying LaTeX, since it features a graphical user interface for generating preambles, including graphics and tables, inserting symbols etc. That makes the learning curve more gentle.

Once you've mastered LaTeX somewhat, any editor will do; I personally prefer Vim, but I have to admit that the preview-latex package for Emacs is quite awesome. If you want something semi-wysiwig, Gummi is also a bit interesting.

Depending on your needs, you might also want to consider something like LyX or txt2tags. Both of them has the ability to generate TeX output for you, which can be compiled into the same professional-looking output that using LaTeX directly would offer.

Link to this post 31 May 11

mfillpot wrote:

My favorite non-wysiwyg editor for documentation is texmaker (http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/) , it will make it a little bit easier to make clean LaTeX document for postscript or PDF output.

Thank you for posting this link! I am currently su apt-getting it right now. :)

Would LaTeX also be advisable for non-technical works as well? I ask because I would like to compose several non-Linux related works, such as a science fiction book? Thank you for your help in this matter.

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