Posted by: Anonymous
on May 28, 2008 01:58 PM
"Text editors are not good for writing books or papers unless one can tweak and tinker with macros etc."
Most popular text editors do have very powerful macro support & can use regular expressions & easily use external programs. I don't think that the popular word processors are better in these departments.
"Also Bibtex sucks for humanities. In more ways than I can think of."
Just because you use LaTeX does not mean that you need to use BibTeX. There are numerous other more modern approaches (or you can use a reference manager that writes LaTeX directly). There are certainly some in the humanities who use LaTeX in some form (either directly or by using it for typesetting XML documents).
"BTW, I have never ever seen a publisher or journal in humanities that accepts articles in LaTeX."
This is simply not true. Any that also publish math/science will accept LaTeX. Certainly the book publishers all accept it.
"Writing with a modern word processor also enables easy separation of content and styling."
They do enable it, but I wouldn't call it "easy" to get cross-references, to apply wholly new styles, etc. It is certainly not "easier" than LaTeX.
"In addition, modern word processors have decent spellchecking and grammar check -- those can easily incredible amount of time spent in proofreading."
Text editors and LaTeX GUIs can feature these too.