# LaTeX, MS Word, asking questions, LyX (was Re: [OS X TeX] 1/2" margins)

Thu Oct 12 15:41:52 EDT 2006

On Oct 12, 2006, at 3:12 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> So then, again, why not a "LaTeX light"—and I mean a markup one as
> there is no obvious incompatibility?

Well, doesn't one get that w/ say by reading lshort and ignoring any
desire for anything beyond what's shown in it?

I mean fundamentally, one doesn't _need_ to do anything more than:

\documentclass{minimal}
\begin{document}
This is a very simple LaTeX document, in which one need merely
remember that certain characters have special meanings, so watch out
for the \\$ and \% signs.
\end{document}

But managing one's references, or typing up any complex math quickly
becomes a pain.

That said, have you looked at any of the _really_ simple ASCII markup
schemes? Some of them have options for conversion to LaTeX if memory
serves. Txt2tags for example?

http://txt2tags.sourceforge.net/

William

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Fry Communications

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