[OS X TeX] Publicon: a new technical publishing tool

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Wed Aug 11 10:27:10 EDT 2004

On 11 aug 2004, at 16:18, Herb Schulz wrote:

> On 8/11/04 3:03 AM, "Bruno Voisin" <bvoisin at mac.com> wrote:
>> Also on the internet today: Wolfram Research launched Publicon, a new
>> tech publishing tool with XML, TeX and HTML export capabilities
>> <http://www.wolfram.com/products/publicon/>. It looks like a
>> stand-alone version of Mathematica's editing functionalities.
> Thanks for this information. It looks like it might make a very nice 
> ``front
> end'' for LaTeX; visual development in Publicon (terrible name) with 
> final
> processing and tweaking in LaTeX. I'm sure the line breaking, etc., 
> isn't as
> nice a TeX's so tweaking would be necessary. I am a bit afraid that the
> LaTeX code it generates will be very ugly.

They have some examples up on the web, in different formats. The 
exported LaTeX code doesn't look as bad as one might fear. the pdf 
samples shows that no hyphenation is used at all, although the maths 
typesetting is not that bad actually (certainly beats Word). the export 
of course writes everything out in longhand, instead of using custom 
commands to achieve consistency.

> This might be great for those who have used FrameMaker in the past 
> since
> Adobe has announced it won't support it on the Mac any more.

I strongly suspect that this application was started after that 
announcement. It is certainly refreshing to see developers trying to 
create software that has a GUI, but goes beyond the limitations of pure 
visual mark-up.

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