LyX --> markdown

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at
Wed Aug 19 02:31:52 UTC 2020

Whoops. I meant "Thibaut". I keep putting the "l" in there....

On 8/18/20 9:49 PM, Richard Kimberly Heck wrote:
> 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.
> Riki

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