Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st May 2006 15:08 UTC, submitted by da_Chicken
Features, Office "In the hubbub over the ODF and competing 'what you see is what you get' word processors, a long-standing alternative model of word processing systems has been mostly overlooked. The author of LyX, Matthias Ettrich, calls this approach 'what you see is what you mean'. However, it's a philosophy that you will find in many 'native' free software text-processing systems everywhere, from online 'content management systems' to book publishing. You write what you mean, then you use some type of formatter to create presentation layouts. LyX, with its integrated graphical environment, may be the friendliest place to learn it."
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Difference between layout packages and Lyx?
by hevonen on Mon 22nd May 2006 14:40 UTC
hevonen
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2006-05-09

I was just wondering if Lyx is any different from DTP packages? First you write plain text with possible structural markup and then import it in layout software for typography and design. With Latex you don't do your own styles, but is it otherwise any different?

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biteydog Member since:
2005-10-06

Yes - but I'm thinking how to explain it.

Something like "publishing house style" (LyX) as opposed to "individual page layout" (DTP) - in LyX you set a "house style" and LyX just lays out your document in this for you, fairly simply, and does a lot of foornote/header/crossreference stuff for you - good for long manuscripts, books, treatises, technical stuff. In DTP you lay out the stuff yourself - good for visual stuff, ad and publicity, "adformation" type shorter stuff.

You pays your money (well - not in this case) and you takes your choice.

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