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## Re: [O] Org as a publishing toolkit

 From: Marcelo de Moraes Serpa Subject: Re: [O] Org as a publishing toolkit Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:48:37 -0500

Cool! Thanks.

Now that you mention it, I was wondering if something like "condition
export" is possible. For very specific localized LaTeX fetures, it
would be useful. Take this example:

#+LaTeX:\yinipar{\color{red}H}ello World

This created a first-letter that is stylized differently. This won't
come out in any other exported, so I'd like to do something like
(NOTE: pseudo-code!)

#+LaTeX:\yinipar{\color{red}H}ello World

#iif not LaTeX
Hello World
#end

If it is not possible what I can do is to pre-process the orgfile with
something like ERB (I'm familiar with Ruby) or another templating
language before exporting (and even automate it all by calling emacs
in batch mode ;) ), but it'd be nice if org supported that
out-of-the-box.

Cheers,

Marcelo.

On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM, Thomas S. Dye <address@hidden> wrote:
> Marcelo de Moraes Serpa <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> Hi list,
>>
>> So today I have been reseaching about higher-levels toolkits that
>> could help me get into TeX (and or LaTeX) and at the same time
>> allowing me to keep the text in a more human-readable format (easier
>> to mantain and to convert to other formats if needed).
>>
>> I know that if I want beautiful formatted PDFs I will need to get into
>> TeX / LaTeX, and I already started doing that, but as I said, keeping
>> the text in a higher level format has benefits that you already know
>>
>> So I looked at asciidoc, the lower-level XML-based docbook, markdown,
>> pandoc, ConTeXt, etc.
>>
>> Then I thought, why not try orgmode?
>>
>> http://orgmode.org/worg/org-tutorials/org-latex-export.html, I've then
>> realized how powerful the org-export feature is.
>>
>> I can basically do this:
>>  * Keep the text in a (very) human readable format that I'm used to
>> and that is much better to maintain than any other format I know
>> (markdown / asciidoc) and integrated with my own orgmode personal
>> information manager!
>>  * Add / customize the LaTeX output in *ANY* way I want to. Thanks to
>> org AND babel! From what I can see, there are no limitations on how
>> complex the LaTeX customizations can be, it can essentially match up
>> any other "pure" latex documents out there.
>>  * As noted above, fully support LaTeX while still allowing me to export to:
>>    * plaintext
>>    * HTML
>>    * DocBook (and hence an array of other formats)
>>
>> I mean, how cool is that? I'm only starting in TeX/LaTeX so I might be
>> overlooking some limitations, but from what I can see, orgmode is the
>> most pragmatic and powerful publishing framework I have ever come to
>> know.
>>
>> And what excites me even more is that I can keep my book in my
>> preferred format and still output a beautifully-formatted PDF book
>> *and* still support other formats (such as mobi or epub through
>> docbook). Amazing!
>>
>> By the way, if I want to use raw TeX or maybe ConTeXt, is it possible?
>> Not that I need, only curious :)
>>
>> This needs more hype! I don't think people realize how powerful this is ;)
>>
>> Cheers!
>>
>> Marcelo.
>>
>>
>
> Aloha Marcelo,
>
> The LaTeX export tutorial is a work in progress.  I hope you find it
> useful.  When you run across something that doesn't work (or make sense)
> don't hesitate to come back to the list with a query or suggestion.
>
> All the best,
> Tom
>
> --
> Thomas S. Dye
> http://www.tsdye.com
>