Report after writing book

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24 Jun, 2018 01:32 PM

Hi, I've just published my new book, but this time I've written it only with MMD Composer. This is the report, hope it is useful.
The book is an historical essay with notes, citations, images, tables, list and so on, for about 120 pages.
I've worked with the book sliced in chapters (every chapter was a file) and later I've transcluded everything with a unique reference file.
Pros: using MMD makes writing very easy and, first of all, light (no more time wasted waiting elephantiac apps opening and processing), moreover it is possibile to share docs between Mac and iPad without spending gigabytes and buying anything. There isn't any problem with various elements of essay, but I had to mix MMD and HTML (which was read very well by Composer).
Troubles: in fact there were two big troubles. To send the book to publisher, I had to export into .docx, but Composer doesn't export this, so I've exported it into .odt and then, by LibreOffice, into .docx, but the round made some unexpected errors. Second, which is very annoying, citations and bibliography were not supported, almost as I would (it would be something like bibtex).
A suggestion may to improve Composer with regex, which sometimes could be very useful for me.
Finally I'm most grateful to Fletcher for his job and I'm very happy for my book!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 24 Jun, 2018 05:47 PM

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    1. Yes -- MMD does not directly support Microsoft formats. The LibreOffice route is the route I recommend. What sort of errors did you end up with?

    2. What trouble did you have with citations? I have used them (with and without BibTeX) on multiple occasions without trouble.

  2. 2 Posted by loukas on 29 Jun, 2018 06:56 AM

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    1. Troubles with tables and margins; now I don't remember exactly
    2. First, I wrote bibliography in bibtex format in doc apart with MMD tag in the book, but finally I didn't know how match each others

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 30 Jun, 2018 01:11 AM

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    If you have specific issues, let me know. I don't use BibTeX on a daily
    basis, but have used it many times with great results.

  4. 4 Posted by loukas on 05 Jul, 2018 05:42 AM

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    How do you match books Id into Mmd text with bibtex references collected in file apart?

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Fletcher on 06 Jul, 2018 02:14 AM

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    Make sure you include the BibTeX metadata:

    Then the bibtex references are treated as if you defined them in the
    MMD. User's guide (v5 or v6) shows examples of using citekeys:

  6. 6 Posted by loukas on 06 Jul, 2018 02:02 PM

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    Thanks Fletcher, I've done just this way. But it didn't work, I wasn't able to solve the mistake and my publisher forced me, so I passed away. If you want to spend time, I will attaching the files.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Fletcher on 03 Sep, 2018 07:39 PM

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    I know it's been a while, but I'm catching up on my inbox.

    1. The BibTeX metadata should match the name of the bibtex file. BibTeX: bibtex in this case

    2. BibTeX is part of LaTeX, so it only works when creating a LaTeX document. If you want to use references in non-LaTeX documents, you can use the built-in approach:


  8. Fletcher closed this discussion on 03 Sep, 2018 07:39 PM.

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