[texhax] Looking for a LaTex "nearly visual" editor

Phil Sackinger pasacki at sandia.gov
Fri Oct 31 21:20:53 CET 2003

On Thu, 2003-10-23 at 21:07, Tran Hong Quang wrote:
> Someone recommend me to use `lyx', but I found it very
> strange for at least two reasons:
> 1. When I import a `.tex' file (article class), lyx
> thow away my preamble.
> 2. It's so painful like WinWord when I try to insert
> math formula.
> Coul anyone tell me a better editor. Btw, I am using
> vim to write .tex file. It's nite for short reports,
> but for longer ones -> not so happy.

Lyx is one attempt to put a wysiwyg front end on TeX.

Another possibility (I haven't tried it personally) is Gnu TeXmacs.


Being a vi user, you may resist:), but it's probably worth a look.

I've heard of commercial add-ons like Scientific Word if you're running
on Windows, accustomed to MS Word and TeX. IIRC, it's a little bit picky
about setting up its own TeX environment in the same way that LyX does:
i.e., arbitrary TeX commands can break when imported if you're not

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