What is the Perfect Writing Environment?
Aug. 01, 2002 10:46 PM
It's hard to find much information on tools that authors use, especially technical book authors. Here's one data point,
- Paper is my first resource. I outline the whole book and individual chapters on regular blue line paper. Illustrations too begin their life on paper.
- Zoot: I keep all kinds of electronic notes and Web clippings in a program called Zoot. I really like the ability to instanly search through scads of information.
- SoftQuad XMetaL is one of the most useful pieces of software I've ever used. With the help of some DocBook lite CSS from Steve Muench, I was off and running.
- Linux ...but Windows XP, which came with my notebook computer, just wasn't cutting it. Or rather, with far too many crashes and other annoying behaviors. So out it went. New computers these days don't come with OS installation media, which makes dual booting rather difficult, so...
- Win4Lin from Netraverse provides a complete Windows environment inside a...window. It's quite breathtaking to see your first Blue Screen Of Death that goes away with a click on the window close button.
- Wireless 802.11: like having a spare office.
That's what I'm going with. I'd love to compare notes, so freel free to Talk Back. -m
served as an editor and author of the XForms 1.0 W3C specification. Micah is the author of XForms Essentials, and is available for consulting.
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