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If you want a book to look like O'Reilly books, perhaps try DockBook, a system developed by that publisher.
LaTeX is the way to go. MS Word has improved a lot since the beginning (at least, so I'v been told, because I personally don't use it), but for equations and few other things (e.g. microkerning) it cannot compete with LaTeX. Adobe InDesign is more for professional typographers than writers. Typically publishers of technical books provide to their authors ...
The van door sprang open. If I am unsure about the common collocations of a word, I use a concordance. I write in German, so I use German references and cannot recommend any resources that I have experience with, but from a quick search this appears to be a useful English concordance: http://lextutor.ca/conc/eng/ If you search for other concordances, ...
I see your problem. This is something that I run into all the time. When you can't figure out the right word. just use a free online dictionary and go through the synonym list for the word you decided doesn't sound right.
Idiom is defined as: an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as in "kick the bucket";; OR -- a construction or expression of one language whose parts correspond to elements in another language but whose total structure or meaning is not matched in the same way in the second language. Not sure if ...
If you have the financial resources, the manpower (a team for a synchronized multitasked work environment), the time for self (or paid) training and the will to participate in a much slower than SE community for help, Adobe's "Technical Communication Suite" is your solution. It's the top notch, state-of-the-art, standards supporting "technical documentation" ...
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