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O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: LyX, the Document Processor

Jun 04, 2000, 18:13 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

"Some weeks back, in the Linux word processing road map, I mentioned a new application for writing documents called LyX. In this column I'd like to present an overview, showing what you can use it for, how to get started using it, and where to go to learn more."

"LyX has a GUI, but it isn't a traditional WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") word processor. In contrast to specifying exactly how each character in the document will look -- "make this word Helvetica Bold at 18 points" -- you can specify the structure of the text, such as whether a selection is a chapter heading, part of the body text, an index entry, and so forth."

"LyX comes with many document classes already defined -- such as letter, article, report, and book -- containing definitions for the elements these document types may contain. You can change the look of each element and the look of the document as a whole -- and you can change the look of individual selections of text, but with these elements it's rarely necessary. Its authors call the new approach WYSIWYM, or "What You Say Is What You Mean."

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