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Re: Book writing mode?

From: upro
Subject: Re: Book writing mode?
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 00:44:16 +0200
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"Peter Milliken" <address@hidden> writes:

> Last time I looked publishers accepted Latex format - it was around before
> Word and it was created to be used by publishers and the publishing of
> books - something that is still not that wonderful an experience to do in
> Word - the number of times I have lost work because of a Word crash......
> Emacs doesn't crash and Latex does what you tell it without complaining like
> Microsoft Word.

My publisher wouldn't accept any LaTeX format, only doc or odf, as
long as the pdf is formatted exactly as he whishes - which is not _so_
easy with LaTeX...

I use emacs for writing the contents, then, if I have to, convert it
into pdf using LaTeX or submit it as txt -- but normally I use many
different font enxodings so pdflatex is a choice once you're
proficient in LaTeX...

> Writing with Word is like a continual battle (technical documents at least -
> if you want to write a novel then I am sure it would be OK) between you and
> the bugs that seem to be perpetuated from one version of Word to the next -
> I guess they (the programmers) are striving for backward compatibility i.e.
> the same tried and true bugs are in each version :-).
> Peter
> <address@hidden> wrote in message
> news:address@hidden
>> I'm sure that latex is very nice, but if you want to get published, you
>> should submit manuscripts in a format which the agent or editor desires.
>> For electronic submissions this is generally Word (.doc) format or plain
>> text (ASCII).  If you're submitting only hardcopy, then this matters
>> much less.  If you don't care about being published, then you can use
>> whatever you want.  :)
>> At 15:36 (UTC-0000) on Wed, 26 May 2004 Michael Slass said:
>> = address@hidden writes:
>> =
>> = >Is there any more then me out there who write articles, books or longer
>> = >storys and uses Emacs? If so what mode do you use for easy editing and
>> = >do write your text using HTML, DocBook etc or so for easy publishing?
>> = >
>> = >/juman
>> = >
>> = >
>> =
>> = If you're going to make a habit/career of writing documents for
>> = publication, and you like emacs for your text editing, I would
>> = recommend that you learn to use LaTeX, a document preparation system.
>> =
>> = LaTeX uses embedded commmands somewhat analogous to HTML tags that
>> = tell the program about the content of your document so it can
>> = determine appropriate formatting.
>> =
>> = There is a wealth of information on the web about LaTeX, but I would
>> = go buy a copy of the canonical work on the subject:
>> = Lamport, Leslie, _LaTeX: A Document Preparation System, 2/E_.
>> = ISBN: 0-201-52983-1
>> =
>> = Also, there is an excellent mode for working with LaTeX documents from
>> = within emacs, called auctex, available here:
>> =
>> =


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