Why Microsoft Word must Die

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Oct 18 04:32:55 EDT 2013


Its for naive users.  You can (and I have) take someone who isn't Word
Processor literate and have them writing something in Lyx in a couple of
hours.  With a word processor they will be always screwing up formatting and
formatting ends up eating their writing time.  With Lyx once up to speed you
can just leave them alone.  The document structure goes on one side for
moving sections around.  The pulldown menus let them put in lists, headings
etc.  The results are clear in the document structure pane.  You cannot put
in multiple spaces, tabs, line feeds or font selections, which is what
screws up the average unsophisticated user.

You have to see it happen.  I once converted someone to using Lyx when they
had an impossible deadline and a totally screwed up manuscript about 20%
done.  Never seen anything like Lyx before.  We took one desperately needed
day to convert the work to date and to show how to use Lyx.  Two hours after
being shown they were just writing, they got it done, and when we exported
to PDF and printed a proof they stared at it in stunned silence.  There it
was, a publisher's proof, with zero formatting input.

Al

Vokey, John wrote
> Never understood the attraction of LyX: why not just go straight to LaTeX,
> especially with the superb IDEs for it now (TeXShop [Mac], TeXWorks
> [universal]), and my current favourite: TeXnicle (Mac)?





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