LyX --> markdown

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at
Wed Aug 19 01:49:21 UTC 2020

On 8/18/20 11:31 AM, Steve Litt wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:49:14 +0200
> Saša Janiška <gour at> wrote:
>> On Tue, 18 Aug 2020 03:05:21 -0400
>> Steve Litt <slitt at> wrote:
>>> One man's opinion: If you don't need write once display everywhere,
>>> use LyX for PDF and Bluefish for HTML.   
>> Bluefish is still alive? Amazing!
>>> Life will be much simpler, and your HTML will be much less
>>> junkified.  
>> I still think about the possibility to write Markdown and use ConteXt
>> for high-quality typesetting. Have you ever used it?
> No. If I were writing Markdown, I'd use Vim or Emacs or Bluefish. That
> way I'd have complete control of what little semantic distinctions
> Markdown gives me.
> In my opinion, using LyX to write HTML that isn't intended to also be
> written to PDF is like using a fine woodworking knife to cut 2x4" beams
> to length. 

LyX at least has a "write once export anywhere" ambition, though we are
some ways from realizing that, to be sure. But...LyX 2.4 will have much
improved DocBook output, thanks to our new contributor Thibault.
Basically, he has made it possible for ANY document to be output as
DocBook (much as any document can be output as HTML). At least some of
the work Thibault has done will improve the HTML output. But, as I've
said before, the main problem we have with that is simply that no one
has felt sufficiently motivated to do the work to improve it. The hard
work, to produce the infrastructure, has all been done. What's left is
fine-tuning, but since I almost never use HTML export myself, I haven't
felt compelled to do that work.

A much larger project, though probably not that hard at this point,
would actually unify the HTML and DocBook output routines, to the extent
that is possible, and use configuration files to tell us how to output
various constructs. Then it would not be very hard to export Markdown
natively, or any other format one wished. But again, person-hours are,
as with most open source projects, in short supply.


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