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Re: [DotGNU]Newbies questions, Tex, gnome, topposting

From: Gopal.V
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Newbies questions, Tex, gnome, topposting
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 22:56:11 +0530
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If memory serves me right, Tomislav Sajdl wrote:
> Some XML based tool (even) with some totally inflexible UI may help a 
> lot. Have in mind that our documents should not be much more than set of 
> paragraphs, with a mark what that paragraph means (ie. heading, 
> introduction, plain text, bulleting list, example, "see also") [and we 
> need hyperlinks]. Word processing tool give you much more freedom, but 
> they have to be most general as they can be.
        What about using some good old GPL stuff. Abiword is an excellent
WYSWIG option. It has a default XML format inside, with support for
Latex and Docbook. It's *very* userfriendly and almost an M$ W0rd cl0ne.
Also I can even code for Abiword using Emacs/Vim if I hack the XML tags.
It's just like HTML in a new bottle. XML which is presentation oriented.
This totally destroys the META-DATA that XML is meant to convey. So
in the docs, we have data but cannot convert it into logical tree. But
I guess we can live with it right now. Also we lack hyperlink support 
there .... :-(
> I'm a bit suspicious about Miguel's ideas... DotGNU's approach is normal - 
> MS offers .NET, we say "OK, nice thing (BTW it already exists) and we will 
> offer something more valuable than yours".
        Hype !. That's the way to sell products or ideas. DotGNU is not
looking for a sellout, only for a fighting chance for freedom online.
Yeah something invaluable "Freedom".
> maybe GNOME is better in its core idea, but KDE won (no flamewars, please) 
> just because of niftier UI.
        KDE looks too much like the old Windows. Just look at my GNOME desktop,
it looks quite futuristic (mind you I have a few hacks that are certainly
not in the book). Even after checking out Liquid, I still fall back to my
GNOME. But KDE certainly won the APP tug-of-war. Well I use Konq,Kppp,Koffice

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