Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 24, 2006 04:56 PM
I find the conveniences LyX offers are mostly for the things that are very easy to understand in raw LaTeX (click a few buttons to insert a section, instead of typing "\section"). Where LaTeX gets tricky is exactly where LyX can't help, and you have to resort to ERC anyway: e.g. your fancyhdr example.
Don't get me wrong: I think LyX is a very well designed piece of software, and is far better than other word processors, especially for long texts. But I find writing raw LaTeX in a text editor helps me concentrate more on the content and less on the formatting than using a WYSIWYM/G word processor, and encourages me to use the full power of LaTeX (like inserting index entries as I'm typing the text, instead of putting them in later).
Different people have different tastes, of course, but if you're thinking of trying out LyX, consider giving good ol' raw LaTeX a go too. You might be surprised by how difficult it isn't...