[OS X TeX] TeX and the wild wild world out there

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Nov 29 10:33:41 EST 2006

On Nov 29, 2006, at 8:55 AM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> Microsoft could come out with the greatest system since the  
> invention of the printing press for making nice looking documents,  
> the problem is that 95% of people will still use it like a typewriter.

That's the problem in a nutshell (though I'd add the word ``memory''  
before the last word there).

It's also part of the genius of LyX, in that it strongly discourages  
such use.

The ideal authoring environment would, I believe, have 3 panes:

1 - leftmost - this would be an out-line like hierarchical navigation  
pane for the current section of the document, dynamically showing/ 
hiding things as one moves through the document

2 - leftquarter - a vertical list of all paragraph (top) and  
character styles (bottom) for the current document

3 - right - the document itself in a Word ``Outline''-like view _with  
the Styles area showing and full controls over moving and rearranging  


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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