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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Word to the Wise: gwp

Oct 02, 2001, 12:54 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Part of the problem here may be in the dual nature of the gwp application itself. At first glance, gwp's most likely counterpart is seemingly gnotepad, Kedit, or WordPad (in the Windows realm). And for that kind of functionality, gwp can serve you well. It has a clean interface for font management and paragraph alignment and it is just the thing to pop off the quick note or two.

Where the real power of gwp is supposed to comes in is with its capabilities to produce documents in its XML-based native file format. Using XML (eXtensible Markup Language), gwp can move beyond the traditional typesetting methodology of creating text documents and into a structured-document format. In structured documents, chapter headings are always given the same style, based on the fact that they are chapter headings. Looks become secondary to the structure of the document.

Does gwp pull its XML alter ego off? Sad to say, no. Style controls are not at your fingertips on the interface and I kept getting a consistent set of errors when the fonts tried to load. Some deep research on this problem came up with a three-year-old message on a mailing list that recommended a switch to Debian, which I thought was a bit cynical to say the least."

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