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?
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.
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.
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."