## Re: Newbie here!

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• Subject: Re: Newbie here!
• From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 15:34:36 +0000
• Delivery-date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 15:34:40 +0000
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 _____/ On Wed 23 Nov 2005 13:31:15 GMT, [Helge Hafting] wrote : \_____ Bonhôte, André wrote: Hi! I am completely new to this list, and even newer to LyX. I used to work with LaTeX some years ago, but now I find LyX easier to work with.  It is easier and often quicker too, i.e. it gives you the product more rapidly. The 'entry barrier' is also lower, which makes LaTeX/DVI/PostScript/PDF accessible to a wider audience. My goal is to create technical documentation in a consitent manner. We have some CI guidelines I will have to follow, like a bitmap on top and one on the bottom of each page. There, the questions begin:  1 - Is it possible to add a header/footer which is really at the edge of the page? If yes, are there examples around I could steal from? You can definitely move outside the margins, although you may have to use some latex commands to get there. You can use commands like \hspace{2cm} or \hspace{-3mm} to go right and left, respectively. And you can \vspace*{-3cm} to go up (or down) in similiar ways.  Additionally, you can embed background image in all of your pages so that templating with graphics becomes easily-doable. Contact me off-list if you want an example LyX file. If you need to put a complicated layout outside the margins, use hspace and vspace to get to the upper left corner, then place a box (\makebox{} or similiar of desired size. That way, you effectively get new margins until the end of the box command.) You don't always need hspace/vspace either, a box extends through the right and lower margins if you make it big enough, and through the upper if you use \raisebox.  2 - Currently I am copy/pasting stuff from old word docs to LyX. I am using the koma book document layout right now. Is it possible to change it later easily to my *own* one? Yes. After creating your own layout (which is some work), changing into it is easy. Simply set the document layout to be "your" layout instead of koma-script book. To avoid transition problems, don't use any koma-script paragraph type that you don't plan on supporting in your new layout. (Such unsupported text will revert to "standard" when you switch.)  Be sure to preserve as much of the semantic structure as you can. Moving from one layout to another (e.g. book to article) can result in 'unas- signed' elements of text.  3 - copy/pasting of tables doesn't work here (Mac OS X) as explained in the wiki. What's the best overall strategy to convert from Word to LyX? I am not sure there is an easy way to convert tables. Of course you can load word docs into openoffice and save as latex, then try to get the latex into lyx. Sometimes it is ok, sometimes not.  OpenOffice is what I thought of as well. Its conversions are often fairly powerful tools. If you find no Word/Writer->LaTeX route, try to find an intermediate format that makes it possible to migrate tables at ease, without lossiness. I'd really like to use LyX from now on. I have already infected some of my collegues here, but it's easier to make active publicity when I have a nice company template to work with. Good luck! :-) Helge Hafting You need only get your favourite template/s working once. I have used variants of the same LyX document for years. It always evolves, of course, but as you accumulate more files, you accumulate more examples that you can quickly pull 'of the sleeves', then re-use or hack. As time goes on, anything you wish to do with LyX can be implemented trivially, even if it involves some TeX, which you can merely copy and paste from past docu- ments. Lastly, read Helge's reply carefully as some valuable points have been raised. Best wishes, Roy -- Roy S. Schestowitz | YaSTall SuSE to figure out the magic http://Schestowitz.com | SuSE Linux | PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E 3:25pm up 20 days 11:19, 4 users, load average: 0.27, 0.22, 0.32 http://iuron.com - next generation of search paradigms