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The HTML, PostScript and text versions of this document are made from a single source. The base standard I use is LaTeX. I reviewed both SGML and HTML as a standard for the base. SGML was an especially attractive choice since it is the standard of the Linux document project. However, the DTDs I looked at did not have the control that LaTeX offers. TeX and LaTeX were created with the goal of allowing beautiful books and reports to be printed and distributed. Many people feel that the informational content of a document should be the only consideration when judging the quality of a document. I disagree. Documents are made to be read by human beings. People are a strange mix of logic and emotion. Like it or not, the physical appearance of a document affects the reader. A piece of writing does not exist in a void. Writing is made to be read. Thus, I've chosen a powerful set tools that allow the greatest freedom of expression.

The Linux Nihongo document grew out of the notes I made for myself when configuring my Linux system with the JE distribution in 1994. Parts of it are out of date, feel free to send me a note about updating it. My original document was made entirely in HTML. This proved limiting as the document grew and people wanted to print it out. I've since moved to LaTeX and am using the   LaTeX2HTML document processing system to convert it to HTML. LaTeX2HTML is an awesome system when it works. Unfortunately, I've had several problems with it. My current problem is that it seems to go into infinite loops when I use it on a Debian 2.0 or RedHat 5.0 system with lots of \input commands. I've had to go back down to a libc5 system and am currently using TurboLinux to process the document. A good source of information for Japanese support of Linux is the Tokyo Linux Users Group, an organization of which I am a member of.

If you have any comments, please contact me craigoda@tlug.linux.or.jp.



 
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Craig Toshio Oda
1998-05-07