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Bruce Byfield wrote:

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.

No doubt, many publishers are simply publishing the files sent to them that are created by word processors. And, sadly, the results are often quite apparent. I'm reading more and more books that are set without true small caps or old style numbering. Writers and publishers simply accept the faux small caps generated by their word processors by shrinking regular upper case letters complete with the corresponding weakening of the lines that come from the shrinking. Now, perhaps these are the options that you and Weber would recommend avoiding. (I look forward to hearing more about your book.)

However, for me at least, LO's biggest limitation that disqualifies it for final publishable work is its justification method. It's line-by-line justification results in too many word space variations from line to line and too many hyphenated lines. As an experiment, just prepare the same document using LO and LaTeX (with the Microtype package). The difference in the justified lines will be quite obvious.

To me, LO Writer is a business class word processor, and perhaps the best there is, but until it finds a more complete justification method, I don't think I qualifies for creating publishable output.


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