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Re: Off-topic: Plain text, XML or LaTex?


From: Jeffery B. Rancier
Subject: Re: Off-topic: Plain text, XML or LaTex?
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 15:23:02 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.1002 (Gnus v5.10.2) Emacs/21.3 (windows-nt)

Mac <address@hidden> writes:

It really depends on your application.  For specifications, reports,
documentation, etc.  I like using DocBook in XAE
(http://xae.sunsite.dk) along with PSGML.  The XML isn't as readable
as plain-text, but the power of using docbook is the fact that you
have your source written once in XML, then the theory is you can
generate various output formats (with possibe intermediate
translations), from the same source.  I.e., HTML, FO, PDF, etc.

Jeff

> I apologize for this off-topic posting. But I really like to know how
> you fellow Emacsien feal about his.
>
> I like plain text, and have for a long time used outline-mode to write
> both my own private notes as well as draft documents. I have also for
> a long time been thinking about moving to LaTex so that I also can
> produce my final documents in Emacs as well.
>
> Now I have an opportunity to move to XML instead. So I would
> appreciate your thoughts about this.
>
> How can I get up-to speed with writing XML inside Emacs? Is it worth
> it, or should I stick with plain-ol-text? Any pointers to tutorials,
> books etc is appreciated.
>
> Perhaps you have a completely different setup that you are willing to
> share with me?
>
> /mac
>
> One reason for liking plain text is it's portability (but so are eg
> .pdf these days). Another is version control, I'm a heavy user of cvs
> (pcl-cvs is *great*).

-- 
Thanks,
Jeff
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