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On Friday 06 September 2013 05:56:49 PM Virgil Arrington wrote:

I don't think you're missing anything, but most of us aren't using LO to
prepare the *final* version of a document for  professional publication
(i.e., books, magazines, etc.). I would truly hope that a publishing
house would do more than just take a word processing document and print
it out in book format. 

I know of several publishers who work directly from ODF files. With a couple 
of exceptions, Writer has most of the tools needed for a thoroughly 
professional design job, allegedly because when the original code was being 
written in the days of Star Division, they were told they would have to use 
what they wrote for documentation.

The trick is to know what options to use, and which to ignore (topics that, if 
you forgive the shameless plug, I am currently grappling with the book I am 
writing with Jean Hollis Weber).

For now, I'll just say that Writer is not a word processor so much as an 
intermediate desktop publishing program. You can actually substitute it very 
successfully for proprietary tools like FrameMaker.

Bruce Byfield 604-421-7189 (on Pacific time)

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