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Word is acceptable for short documents. Make sure to set up paragraph styles and always use them (no manual formatting). When your manual exceeds 50 pages or you have layout requirements beyond the basics, Word becomes increasingly troublesome: instability and document corruption are common in large documents. You'll also run into trouble with the way Word ...


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LATEX isn't a text editor, it is (broadly defined) a markup language. The alternatives would be things like markdown, asciidoc, docbook, or simply using HTML directly, in tandem with your favorite plain text editor. Docbook and HTML are "heavyweight" markup languages (you need a tag for every paragraph, etc), whereas markdown and asciidoc are lighter and ...


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Having taken the considerable amount of time that it takes to learn how to use DTP software (most recently when I had the job of laying out a magazine) and knowing what results you can achieve, I would definitely recommend you just use a word processor such as Word or Open Office. What you are doing doesn't need extremely precise control over layout, ...


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I think MS Word and Open Office would be the obvious candidates. MS Word pretty much dominates the market. Open Office is there for people who just want to rebel against Microsoft. I'd need a very good reason to use anything else, as to function in a Western business, government, or academic environment these days you pretty much have to use MS Word at some ...


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For Mac, take a look at BBEdit. In particular, it has fully supported GREP search-and-replace functionality. There's an e-book that can be bought with the BBEdit product, which is highly recommended because it provides usage examples for the GREP functionality. For Windows, try Notepad+. In addition to the base product, there are any number of plug-ins that ...



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