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David Megginson wrote:
> Stephan Wiesner wrote:
>> I wrote my diploma thesis in DocBook, using Open Source Editor JEdit.
>> I used the editor to write my Java code too. And my documentation of
>> course. In 6 month it did not crash once and I did not have to recover
>> a single backup of my thesis. Put it into CVS, nevertheless, just to
>> be sure. You can be sure that I knew a lot of shortcuts for this
>> editor at the end, making me really productive in it (still trying to
>> reach that level in Eclipse and failing miserably).
> That brings back memories. Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's, I
> wrote my doctoral dissertation using Emacs, initially in LaTeX, but
> finally in TEI SGML (converted to LaTeX via make and a custom Perl
> script). The initial learning and setup time repaid itself over and
> over again. After I got my first teaching job in 1992, I tried
> repeatedly over the next few years to write research papers (or even
> just class handouts) in Word but failed miserably each time, what with
> the crashes, style madness, awkward GUI interface (click click click
> click click), and so on.
> Over a decade later, Emacs remains my editor and IDE of choice, though
> just yesterday I switched to reading mail and news in Mozilla (we'll see
> if that lasts; in the past, I've always gone back to Emacs after a few
>> I keep promising myself that if I ever become a famous author I will
>> force my publisher to allow me to write in XML . . .
> While you're waiting to become famous, try finding an XML-friendly
> publisher. My own publisher, Prentice-Hall, is happy to accept
> manuscripts in XML (at least for the technical division), and I'm pretty
> sure that O'Reilly is as well (right, Simon?).
> All the best,