SPUG: Minimal Perl web site & notification requests

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Sun Jun 12 15:03:17 PDT 2005

On Sun, Jun 12, 2005 at 02:49:26PM -0700, Allison Randal wrote:
> On Jun 12, 2005, at 8:22, Tim Maher wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 11, 2005 at 07:21:06PM -0700, Mike McLaughlin wrote:
> >> Imagine how much cheaper and quicker it would be if they didn't use
> >> MS-word.
> >
> > And used what other "standard format" instead?  Like it or not,
> > standards are important, and MS-Word is the current standard for the
> > publishing industry.
> How about POD or Docbook XML? O'Reilly handles both, but I tend to 
> encourage my authors to go with POD, because it's easier to work with. 
> (Three cheers for source control on plain text formats. :)

FYI, I wrote my manuscript in a version of POD, enhanced to be able to
extract, execute, and capture output from the embedded program examples,
and with hooks to import tables from troff's tbl command. 8-}

I was able to prepare the drafts very rapidly using vim, podspell, and
other standard tools, without the time-intensive mousing around
(I'm touch typist) that Word requires.

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