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Thesis-writing in Office software

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For those who have to write their thesis in MS-Word or Openoffice: (LaTex users need not worry šŸ™‚ )

Here are some nice resources I came across regarding typesetting and document preparation, for dummies like myself:


  • Any decent office software is capable of much more than what a type-writer can do. Do not forget that writing professional-looking documents requires sensible use of document-preparation tools.
  • Think always about the logical mark-up (formatting) rather than physical looks of the elements. LaTex and HTML force you towards logical mark-up, while MS-Word (or Openoffice) does not. But it still supports many of the logical mark-up and automation features.

Update: I found some references on OpenOffice:


Written by ppatil

November 14, 2005 at 3:00 pm

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  1. hehehe!!!!! :p


    November 14, 2005 at 5:00 pm

  2. Jean Weber has some nice resources for intense Writer usage at http://www.jeanweber.com.

    ~ Solveig

    Solveig Haugland

    November 14, 2005 at 8:19 pm

  3. Takes you back to the whole argument about mechanism v/s policy doesn’t it?

    In this case, I seem to be on the wrong side – Word/OO give you mechanism without enforcing policy where as LaTeX/html seem to push very hard on the policy side šŸ™‚


    November 15, 2005 at 6:21 pm

  4. Good stuff. Cheers.


    September 11, 2006 at 10:35 pm

  5. whatever you use – one extremely important retrospective time-saver – start entering index terms right from the start!

    you writing your thesis now?


    November 14, 2006 at 10:32 am

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