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How to transform (almost) plain ASCII text to Lulu-ready PDF files

Oct 20, 2010, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"Many people write far more now that they are constantly online than in the pre-Internet age. Most of this activity is limited to Web or office-style publishing. People either write something that will only appear inside some Web browser or a traditional "document", that is a single file, more or less nicely formatted for printing. Very often, however, they don't do it in the most efficient way.

"The most common solution for the first scenario still is to write HTML or Wiki-formatted content in a text editor or, through a browser, directly in the authoring interface of CMS systems like Drupal or Wordpress. The other approach is even closer to the typewriting era, since it's limited to using a word processor like OpenOffice. Both methods involve too much manual work for my taste, especially if you often want to reuse or move content from one format to the other.

"Since I write a lot for both of the scenarios above and some more, some time ago I realized that I needed a more efficient and flexible workflow: something that was as close as possible to "write ONCE, publish anywhere, re-mixing and processing already written stuff in any possible way without getting mad along the way"."

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