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NewsForge: Hot LyX

Sep 23, 2004, 10:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Fancella)

"A common problem with word processors today is that they force users to deal with typesetting, a skill that is about as useful to a writer as metalworking is to a mechanic. This focus on typesetting means that writers have to spend too much time dealing with the way their documents look. To make matters worse, many documents are shared in a variety of different formats requiring additional time wasted in export, conversion, and quality control on the finished product. To help get around these obstacles, Linux users can turn to a document processor called LyX. LyX is optimized for writing and takes the chores of typesetting out of the writer's hands and places them in a competent professional: LaTeX.

"By using LaTeX as an interim format LyX is capable of taking a document and exporting it into any format. LyX lets you focus on what you mean rather than what your page looks like. When you're finished writing, you simply inform LyX in what format you would like the document and LyX delivers it to you.

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