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how the technique writer write the books?

 
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Hello, everybody
Does there anybody have written some technique books ever or know others written some ever? I want to know how does they write the books, such as O'reilly authors, Manning authors, Apress,Wiley,Sams,Wrox....
which format is their manuscript? someone guessed "docbook", someone guessed "Tex"...
who could tell me which format(docbook? Tex? xml? text?..) they write manuscript? and which tool(MS Word? OpenOffice? notepad? vim? emacs?...) they used to write?

many thanks
 
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Hi,

Welcome to JavaRanch!

Each publisher will have a preferred format they want to work with. These days most editors make changes directly in electronic documents rather than by writing on paper, so the production work (and hence the writing itself) is usually done in Word. Layout is often done in Framemaker, but the author doesn't need to use that.

I wrote the chapters of my last book in TeX, then converted to Word for editing.
 
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Indeed. Manning authors are tethered to Word. Woe is us.

I've heard of another publisher (Pragmatic?) that uses a markup language and whose source chapters are kept under source control, with a build kicked off each night to produce the PDF versions of the chapters as they are written. Or maybe that's just a pipe dream.
 
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No, not a pipe dream, I think that's Pragmatic's way. I'm in the middle of one of theirs right now, and I'm pretty sure the author mentioned using those tools.

Ah yes, here it is, in his acknowledgements:

"Big thanks go to Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt for creating the Pragmatic
Bookshelf. It is truly a company that is �of the developer, by
the developer, and for the developer.� You have no idea how happy it
makes me writing my prose in TextMate, using make to build the book,
and using Subversion to keep track of the revisions. Or maybe you do,
which is exactly my point."
 
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Originally posted by Pauline McNamara:
No, not a pipe dream, I think that's Pragmatic's way.

Now that's how to write books!

Manning, take notes!
 
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P.S. Need I express the pathological depths of my loathing for Word?
 
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Bear, I hear you man!

In fact, this might just be a wonderful MD topic

I'll start off by saying to Word: "Please stop trying to help me! When I want your help, I'll ask for it!"
 
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I use DocBook for our manuals with all its benefits
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