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Re: Word processor - LyX
> Yes, I realize that, for the youngest. I've taught simple word
> processing to 8-year old kids, and I think that IF they start at that
> age, then maybe 10 years old is a good age to start with LyX kind of
> formatting, maybe even earlier. That kind of formatting is present
> in many other word processors too, like abiword, but I think a
> completely consequent processor like LyX would be more pedagogical.
MS-Word has that stuff too, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone
actually use it. Given the choice a concrete interface is generally
prefered -- only after working on something large for a while does
structured word processing seem inviting. Or if you are trying to
make something portable to a variety of contexts, like HTML.
So the need for structured word processing is not very immediate
or direct for the younger student -- or even for most pre-graduate-
level college students.
I wonder if it would be best to start with a good HTML editor (i.e.,
one that doesn't try to look just like a word-processor). It has a
natural appeal to students, making web pages and all. At the
same time, it could help a student think about writing in a
structured way. Are there any good, Free HTML editors? I've this
sneaking suspicion there aren't, programmers caring to write raw
HTML most of the time. I do believe Mozilla is supposed to include
an editor though -- if it's like the current Netscape editor (and I'd
imagine it is) it looks more like a word processor than is
> Now, of course, it could be frustrating to use LyX, not being able to
> format the text the way you expect to.. In time, you have to learn
> when to use wich kind, but seing the result of a latex-formatted
> text, looking just like a book or scientific article, is a motivator.
LyX is neat. Part of me wishes that LyX could be the word
processor for everyone -- if not now, somewhere in its future
Ian Bicking <firstname.lastname@example.org>