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Re: [O] LaTex export questions

From: Steven Arntson
Subject: Re: [O] LaTex export questions
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 23:07:09 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi Alan,

I downloaded the book and went through it--thank you for putting that
together! It was a valuable overview. Nonetheless, some confusions
persist for me since I'm using emacs org-mode and not LyX. Should I be
putting LaTeX markup into my org-mode doc, for instance, for formatting
the title page, &c?

Also, right now when I do the "org to latex to pdf" export, I'm given a
table of contents, and I don't want one. I'm still perplexed about where
defaults like that are kept.

Sometimes I worry that my ignorance is invulnerable.

Thanks again!


Alan Tyree <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Steven,
> You want to learn more about LaTeX, but it's not too much.
> I wrote a little book called Self-publishing with LyX that will help
> you set up the title page as well as some of your other problems. This
> is not a sales pitch -- it's free :-).
> Self-publishing with LyX 
> ISBN: 978-0-9803-3242-1
> http://www.lulu.com/content/1085870 
> Cheers,
> Alan
> On 28 May 2014 13:25, Steven Arntson <address@hidden> wrote:
>     Nick Dokos <address@hidden> writes:
>     > Igor Sosa Mayor <address@hidden> writes:
>     >
>     >> Steven Arntson <address@hidden> writes:
>     >>
>     >>> Hi, I'm trying to export an org-mode doc to LaTex and
>     subsequently to
>     >>> PDF. This is a literary novel, written in prose. Right now
>     when I run
>     >>> the export command, the resulting file is incorrectly
>     formatted for the
>     >>> literary world, and I'm not sure how to change it. Is there a
>     dialog or
>     >>> "customize" menu that allows users to eliminate some default
>     settings,
>     >>> and add others?
>     >>
>     >> Maybe you can configure it with
>     >> M-x customize-group org
>     >>
>     >> But I think a look at the manual is pretty useful and you can
>     configure
>     >> it in your .emacs without very much complication:
>     >>
>     >> http://orgmode.org/manual/Export-settings.html#Export-settings
>     >>
>     http://orgmode.org/manual/LaTeX-and-PDF-export.html#LaTeX-and-PDF-export
>     >
>     > I may be barking up the wrong tree, but to me the problem seems
>     to be
>     > not so much what org does, but what latex does. If that is so,
>     then
>     > perhaps what is needed is a latex style file that formats prose
>     > "correctly for the literary world". That may be a non-trivial
>     > undertaking (but maybe not: typographical demands for a novel
>     are
>     > trivial compared to say mathematics). Integrating such a
>     hypothetical
>     > style file into org would be pretty easy.
>     >
>     > But perhaps the OP can clarify: what does "incorrectly formatted
>     for
>     > the literary world" mean?
>     >
>     > Nick
>     Full disclosure: I'm a beginning emacs user, and I know nothing
>     about
>     LaTex at all!
>     I'm not producing a "book" per se, but a manuscript that will be
>     printed on 8.5 x 11 pages and read by my agent or a publisher. The
>     conventions are simple, but thus far I haven't been able to
>     understand
>     much of what I'm reading in the customize menu for org-mode.
>     Until now I've done this formatting with MS Word or Libre Office.
>     I
>     dislike those programs, but I know how to use them. Simplest has
>     been to
>     take my raw org-mode txt files and convert them manually. It's a
>     tedious
>     last step before sending downstream, which I'd love to replace,
>     and I've
>     seen some beautiful LaTex examples online, so I know it's possible
>     ...
>     Literary format redux:
>     + 12 point text
>     + Title page has title and author name, centered both horizontally
>     and
>     vertically. Contact info for agent is in the bottom left, single
>     spaced.
>     + Remaining pages are double-spaced
>     + Page numbers are centered at the bottom of the page (but no page
>     number
>     on title page)
>     + Each page has a right-justified header in the format
>     That's it. I guess I'm wondering now--should I be learning more
>     about
>     org-mode, or more about LaTex?
>     Thank you very much for taking the time to read all of this.
>     -Steven

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