[TxMt] Writing a Book with TextMate

Fletcher T. Penney fletcher at fletcherpenney.net
Fri Jun 6 16:44:55 UTC 2008

On 6/6/08, Christopher Brewster <C.Brewster at dcs.shef.ac.uk> wrote:
> What markdown is better at is keeping text/html/pdf in sync if that is
> important. But you will not get the same aesthetics (as far as I can make
> out).
> Christopher

The reason I developed MultiMarkdown is to get the best of both
worlds.  You can write in a low markup environment, and if you choose
to publish via LaTeX, you reap the benefits of high quality output.
You can also customize the LaTeX source to your liking.  I'll never
write a document of any length/complexity in anything other than
MultiMarkdown (or something like it) again.

I also agree that OmniGraffle can create some high quality output - if
you use pdf instead of jpg, you can import the pdf graphic into your
LaTeX document so that your graphics maintain the high quality you
obtain from LaTeX for the text and tables.  Just be sure to choose an
appropriate font.

I had fantastic results using this approach to publish a friend's PhD
thesis via Lulu.com (Scrivener/TextMate/MultiMarkdown/OmniGraffle and
some custom XSLT's and perl scripts).  I think there were a few words
that needed manual tweaking to correct where linebreaks were placed.
Not bad out of 120 pages or so of automatic formatting.


Fletcher T. Penney
fletcher at fletcherpenney.net

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