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Re: Massachusetts Plans to Dump Office

__/ [Donn Miller] on Saturday 03 September 2005 18:17 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [Donn Miller] on Saturday 03 September 2005 08:59 \__
>>>Blood Money wrote:
>>>>There's still a long way to go, but the writing is on the wall...
>>>>My sides still hurt from laughing at this:
>>>>"A Microsoft spokesperson said that the company's support of XML in
>>>>Office and other products shows that Microsoft, too, is in favor of
>>>>open formats for data interoperability and the archiving of public
>>>>records. However, Microsoft does not believe the public sector should
>>>>force a single document format on its agencies, especially one that may
>>>>be less functional than what they are already using, the spokesperson
>>>>Microsoft doesn't believe the public sector should force a single
>>>>Funny how they didn't mind when it was their software.
>>>Man, screw all of that.  Whatever happened to LyX.  Never tried it, but
>>>it sounds like something I'd want to use, badly.
>> I use LyX for /everything/ (apart from Web design) and I absolutely love
>> it. Go to the Web site and join our lively mailing list, which will
>> answer any question you may have.
>> http://www.lyx.org/
>> I currently write my thesis in LyX and my template got adopted by many
>> others. Don't miss out on LyX, a tool that makes LaTeX seem like a toy
>> and nevertheless produce the same "hardcover book standard" results.
> LaTeX is pretty awesome.  But it can be intimidating.  I've been using
> it for years (since 1994), and I'm always sure that there are some
> features and packages or whatnot that I'm not using that could produce
> much more impressive results.  Time to look at LyX (at least for me).
> At least I could look at the code it produces to see what I could be
> doing better.  With LaTeX, it's usually some very simple thing that I'm
> not doing that could yield better results.

Good move. Some knowledge of raw LaTeX helps when you use LyX. You can
always make LaTeX declarations/inclusions shall you desire to do so. LyX
rids you from the need to re-compile, preview, or debug too frequently.
Once you get the hang of it, you just know it is the only way to go.

Shall you ever need to work on a Mac or a Windows box, LyX files can be
transferred and opened without even the slightest of inconsistencies. Now
/that/, at least to me, is a most powerful trait. It helped me carry on
with my work at places where the platform used wasn't my choice.


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