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  • Writing a book in Word? What's next, writing e-mail in PowerPoint?

    Oh wait. I've seen that. There's a reason I'm not in IT anymore.

    • Some publishers really want things in MSWord. It "simplifies" things.

      I miss the good old days of WordPerfect 5.1-- altho it's i18n capabilities were, shall we say, lacking.

      • by gnat (29) on 2002.02.27 21:49 (#5215) Journal
        ORA takes Word, RTF, XML, SGML (a DocBook variant for the last two), Frame Maker, LaTeX, and POD (reluctantly for the last two).

        Personally, I fucking hate working with (X|SG)ML--the extra step to make something readable is like a compile step in programming, and slows down my editing. FrameMaker is too low-level (exposes too many things like kerning that I don't give a rat's arse about). LaTeX is, well, an abomination masquerading as a monstrosity, and POD has the advantage of being human readable, even if it causes the tools guys who do conversions to make death threats against me.

        For some books, though, I'd take magic marker on bar napkins so long as I got the text :-)