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LinuxPlanet: Word to the Wise... A Few Others Worth Considering: Emacs, LaTeX, and Vigor

May 04, 2000, 13:48 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"The Linux word processing and editing scene is as rich and diverse as the rest of the Linux world. We looked at a few other packages worth your consideration."

"If you need to prepare heavily formatted documents without using a markup language, Xemacs and Emacs aren't very good choices. On the other hand, if you work in an environment where you need to prepare text efficiently and with good support features, they excel. If you work in a fairly heterogeneous environment where you share basic text with coworkers, they may also be worth a look."

"LyX (and its KDE port KLyX) is a graphical front-end to LaTeX, which allows users the sort of GUI controls they might prefer, as well as more immediate feedback on the appearance of their document. ...once you learn to stop fighting their control of appearance and start appreciating the time you have to simply write content, you may find they beat the word processor you've been using hands down."

"Unfortunately, KWord (and the rest of KOffice) is still of alpha quality right now. The FAQ on the software's Web site is careful to point out that KWord isn't suitable for much more than writing letters or other small projects. Getting KWord isn't quite as simple, either. Having a working installation of KDE 2 is necessary to use the binary releases that have been made available."

"...the UNIX world vigor... manages to provide the sort of functionality Linux users have been missing all along. If StarOffice just doesn't have that extra "oomph," if Emacs seems lightweight; or if Applix Words just feels skimpy... fire up vigor: it's faster than dual-booting."

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