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Re: About exporting

From: Samuel Wales
Subject: Re: About exporting
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:39:13 -0700

is org ootb mma?  for those of us who woul dlike to spend, like, zero
time exporting, and then, like, less than a half hour fixing htat one
thing that is irritating about hte output, with no errors?  i can

On 3/29/21, autofrettage <autofrettage@protonmail.ch> wrote:
> Hi Ypo and the rest of you all,
>> After some years of using orgmode, and exporting using its defaults, I
>> would like to take a quality leap and find a way of exporting for life. My
>> options: LaTeX, ODT, HTML.
> /.../
>> How do you think I should spend some hundreds (or thousands) of hours to
>> achieve maestry exporting my documents?
> I have some odd thoughts about this.
> About 30 years ago I worked for a start-up company. As a young engineer,
> freshly hooked on LaTeX, I tried to convince my colleagues we should produce
> the users' manuals for our product with LaTeX. Since persuasive speech is
> not one of my strengths, they opted for Word 5.
> For various reasons I stayed for only a few years. Recently I visited them,
> and heard that the users' manuals had been ported hither and thither between
> various wysiwyg DTP programs. They are now back in Word, and my former
> colleagues didn't even remember the documents had started their journey
> there!
> If they only had listened to me in the beginning!
> The moral seems to be that whatever time and effort you plow into learning
> LaTeX, will not be wasted. Chances are that LaTeX will be there in thirty
> years' time, working roughly the same as now.
> Roughly. At a fine grain level, LaTeX -- not to speak about Org Mode -- is a
> moving target. How on earth can you hope for attaining mastery at exporting
> documents? Many individuals are continuously refining these tools, so the
> mere mortals among us will always fight a losing battle keeping up.
> Late adoption is a great trick for making life a bit easier. Postpone
> teaching yourself the latest tricks, until other friendly internet citizens
> have had time to write streamlined explanations ;-)
> Last but not least, think like Bruce Lee:
> “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup,
> it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
> When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and
> it can crash. Become like water my friend.”*
> So, teach yourself whatever you need now (where "now" includes a foreseeable
> future).
> Cheers
> Rasmus
> * LaTeX = ninjutsu, ODT = boxing, HTML = kick in the groin?

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