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• #### Re:I wrote my doctorate thesis this way (Score:3, Informative)

<manas@@@tungare...name> on Wednesday May 03, 2006 @10:28AM (#15253691) Homepage

Word 2003 also has a feature by which you can lock the available formatting styles to the ones you have defined. If you go to Tools > Protect, and elect to protect the styles, it will disallow any manual formatting: the user must pick from one of the available, defined styles.

But of course, I switched to LaTeX: TeXShop [uoregon.edu] and BibDesk [sourceforge.net] make it a joy to use on the Mac.

• #### Re:LaTeX redux (Score:3, Informative)

on Wednesday May 03, 2006 @09:34PM (#15259166)

Among the major differences are that:

• LaTeX is essentially a start-to-finish system, while DocBook is essentially an XML schema and needs supporting tools to be useful;
• LaTeX is fully programmable (if you're sufficiently versed in the black arts), while DocBook only encodes structure;
• LaTeX is readily extensible, while if you extend DocBook it isn't DocBook any more;
• LaTeX's text is quite readable, even when special characters, maths, and the like are involved, while DocBook lays the mark-up on so thick that the underlying text would become almost unrecognisable with heavy formatting.

Ultimately, DocBook is always going to work best as a storage format for an authoring application, rather than as something entered directly by humans. LaTeX's power comes, in no small part, from the fact that you can just "type and go".

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