On Tuesday 03 November 2009 10:09:49 Rob Oakes wrote:
> Dear LyX Users,
> I'm currently working on a book which shows how professional and
> scientific writing can be done using purely open source tools.  Any book
> about Scientific/Technical/Professional writing on Linux has to include
> one (if not more) chapters on LyX.  Other chapters will look at LaTeX,
> BibTeX, DocBook and the programs that make working with them easier.
> I am writing this letter to see if there are any particular topics which
> people would like to see included in the book.  One example: I'm going
> to devote a chapter on how to create custom LyX layouts and modules from
> existing (or entirely new) LaTeX files.  (I will also be posting several
> other examples on a companion website.)
> But are there other things that you would like to see?  The standard LyX
> documentation is so good that I've found myself struggling to find other
> topics that need to be covered, other than a tremendously quick overview
> of the program and instructions on where to find the docs.


I would suggest putting in some discussion on how to choose Document Class -- 
not the mechanics of using the menu, but the pros and cons of using different 
classes for different types of document. For example, there are more than 
twenty variants of "Article", nine "Letters", six "Books", five "Presentations" 
and four "Reports" in my installation of LyX.  I've been using LyX since 2001, 
and I find myself just using the few classes I'm familiar with: article, 
report, book, memoir, a couple of Komascript classes, and powerdot. 
Suggestions or recommendations for using particular classes for specific 
purposes would be very welcome.

Les Denham

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