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Thanks, David,
but you should send it to the list, too, or Simon will not be able to 
answer .-)


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 
> days).
>> 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,
> David


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