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Old 10-06-2018, 12:10 PM   #16
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Anyway, back to the default question:

Create non-fiction pamphlet on Linux?

Completely depends on what type of documents.

Have any sample images/documents of what you're aiming for?

Is this going to be text-heavy? Or are you going to create tons of images with floating bubbles, multi-page spreads? etc. etc.

Why did you choose LyX initially, just because you wanted a WYSIWYM editor? And you didn't know enough pure LaTeX?

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Agreed. I haven't been very happy with ePubs produced in LibreOffice, but I've got an older version so I thought maybe things had improved with the newer versions. I've had a lot better luck importing the LO Writer file (in native format) to Calibre and then converting to ePub from there.
EPUB output was JUST added in LibreOffice v6.

v6.1 added a few more tweaks:

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/....1#EPUB_export

like Metadata, Footnotes, slightly better image handling.

But it is still VERY rough (and nothing close to something coming out of Calibre ODT/DOCX->EPUB, or as clean as Toxaris's EPUB Tools). Like I mentioned, it's pretty much just the XHTML that's been coming out of LibreOffice for a while now, just plopped into an EPUB wrapper.

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The EPUB export will be removed. Since vesion 6, LibreOffice features a native EPUB export. It is expected that this will evolve into a suitable alternative to the EPUB export in Writer2LaTeX. Writer2LaTeX 1.6 will still be maintained for users relying on the EPUB export.
Which will be me until the built-in comes up to standard. I've had a very good run with Writer2xhtml, I think it creates an excellent starting position for final clean up in Sigil.
That's sad to hear. Because yeah, the current LibreOffice EPUB Export is... not up to standards yet.

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Given the popularity of WordStar back then I would have thought there would be more obvious support being added to open-source projects. Did WordStar users not become software developers? The closest I can find is this:
Wordstar shortcuts for Writer.
NotJohn brought up WordStar over the years.

Last time he brought it up, I pointed out emacs with "WordStar emulation mode":

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...31#post3471831

Since cootcraig using vim, I assume there's something similar. (vim and emacs can do EVERYTHING!)

Side Note: And earliest I remember is 2015, when we were poking a little fun at him:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=259529

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Old 10-06-2018, 04:27 PM   #17
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EPUB output was JUST added in LibreOffice v6.

v6.1 added a few more tweaks:

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/....1#EPUB_export

like Metadata, Footnotes, slightly better image handling.

But it is still VERY rough (and nothing close to something coming out of Calibre ODT/DOCX->EPUB, or as clean as Toxaris's EPUB Tools). Like I mentioned, it's pretty much just the XHTML that's been coming out of LibreOffice for a while now, just plopped into an EPUB wrapper.
My mistake. It was AbiWord that I tried out for ePub making. And I should have remembered that because I downloaded it specifically for this purpose — though I had used AbiWord in the past (several years ago) for the relatively short time I used Vector Linux.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:24 PM   #18
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Create non-fiction pamphlet on Linux?
Completely depends on what type of documents.
Have any sample images/documents of what you're aiming for?
Is this going to be text-heavy? Or are you going to create tons of images with floating bubbles, multi-page spreads? etc. etc.
I haven't fleshed this out much, but was expecting to start simple. Basically a simple technical memo with:

chapter,section,subsection outline organization
block quotes
anchor links
lists
images

No fancy layout for now.

For a few years I've been using a static html generator nanoc and pushed it to a hosted site. Nanoc gives me a framework to write with markdown and HTML. The above list is most of what I do with my nanoc based blog.

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Why did you choose LyX initially, just because you wanted a WYSIWYM editor? And you didn't know enough pure LaTeX?
Pretty much. I dabbled with LaTeX, but when I found LyX it did everything I wanted and was easy for me.


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But it is still VERY rough (and nothing close to something coming out of Calibre ODT/DOCX->EPUB, or as clean as Toxaris's EPUB Tools). Like I mentioned, it's pretty much just the XHTML that's been coming out of LibreOffice for a while now, just plopped into an EPUB wrapper.
That gives me some ideas to chew on.

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NotJohn brought up WordStar over the years.
Last time he brought it up, I pointed out emacs with "WordStar emulation mode":
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Since cootcraig using vim, I assume there's something similar. (vim and emacs can do EVERYTHING!)
Over my career I careened between vim and emacs, but for many years I've stuck with vim. I guess vim is just a familiar text editor friend with benefits (add on helper scripts)

Since I'm a coder at heart I think my first attempt will be with

pandoc markdown -> pandoc -> epub
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My mistake. It was AbiWord that I tried out for ePub making. And I should have remembered that because I downloaded it specifically for this purpose — though I had used AbiWord in the past (several years ago) for the relatively short time I used Vector Linux.
I use AbiWord all the time as a quick formatter for printing. Sure enough there is a "save as" epub.
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Thanks to the responders here I am starting out with this work flow:

pandoc markdown/html/css -> pandoc -> epub

I have collected some examples from the WWW and off I go.

Along the way I will be learning to use CSS for common ebook readers.
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I'm changing my first approach to LibreOffice Writer with the Writer2ePub extension. I'm currently doing extensive preparation and notes for a weekly Sunday school class. I work on a 2 monitor Linux workstation. This workflow fits into what I'm already doing.
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books in Calibre
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Output notes to epub with Writer2ePub.
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I'm changing my first approach to LibreOffice Writer with the Writer2ePub extension. I'm currently doing extensive preparation and notes for a weekly Sunday school class. I work on a 2 monitor Linux workstation. This workflow fits into what I'm already doing.
Research with
books in Calibre
Web browser
Local files
Write notes with LibreOffice Writer while researching and studying.
Output notes to epub with Writer2ePub.
Sounds interesting. I guess I'll have to try Writer2ePub (if it's available for my version of LibreOffice).
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