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Observations on learning ConTeXt. And how to make it easier. Reasons to learn ConTeXt. Publishing Exact control of the layout and visuals in general Easy handling of large documents Combining material from different sources Interactive pdf, multiformat output Academics - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • And how to make it easier

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

  • PublishingExact control of the layout and visuals in generalEasy handling of large documentsCombining material from different sourcesInteractive pdf, multiformat outputAcademicsStructure, consistency, bibliographyMaths, chemistry, plotting (MetaPost)Linguistics, non-Latin languagesOtherJust because it is something new and excitingMari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting14.9.2010

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

  • Fiddling around learn-by-doingThe Apple approach (a 3-year-old can use an iPad)Not suitable for more abstract/specialised softwareHow did he do that? learn-by-example (or imitation)Learn-by-tweaking sometimes called stealingHow do I do x? learn-by-askingStrictly need-to-know basisOnce in a while called lazinessRTFM learn-by-readingTheoretical, want-to-know-everything basisSeldom appears in pure-bred formMari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting14.9.2010

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

  • From LaTeXConTeXt allows easier control of the visualsUnderstanding of the basic conceptsFrom WYSIWYG desktop publishing (InDesign, PageMaker)Looking for automating workflowsGood grasp of the visual theoryMaybe not familiar with command line or descriptive taggingFrom WYSIWYG word processing (MS Office, OpenOffice)Need to handle large documents or maths or linguisticsBackground can vary, shaky knowledge of the basic conceptsNot interested in the deeper workingsMari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting14.9.2010

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

  • TimeSkillWordConTeXt?TheoryMari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting14.9.2010

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

  • TimeSkillTimeSkillTimeSkillWordConTeXt?TheoryMari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting15.9.2010

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

  • Software usabilityEase of installationEditor integrationcontext live @ contextgarden.netModulesDocumentationCheat sheets for LaTeX usersShort manuals with a single recipe in eachReference manualThe ConTeXt Community; wiki, mailing list, user meetingsExample filesFile per feature enables easy debuggingSpecial sets for WYSIWYG migration?Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting14.9.2010

    Mari Voipio / 4th ConTeXt User Meeting

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