LyX, The Other Way of Writing

This is the “home page” of a personal project: a CC book on how to properly use LATEX, XƎTEX, and OpenType in LYX.

The book is an “updated translation” of a book I wrote in Spanish in 2017.

LYX, The Other Way of Writing explores how to use LYX to get the most out of LATEX, XƎTEX, and OpenType, presenting the tools and methods to get a perfect PDF with our work, with all the beauty that only this system can provide.

LYX, the other way of writing in PDF

Note: as you will soon realize, I am not a native English speaker. If you find something wrong (and you will surely find something wrong), please let me know!

Note: If you are interested enough in OpenType to go deeper than what is generally necessary (parameters for tags), see also this article (updated).

Someday the book will be updated. Someday.

Book outline (click to see a short version of the TOC)

The full index has 6 pages, so here it is a “summarized index.”

  • .
    • Introduction: the structure of the book, conventions used, etc..
  • The foundations
    • Defining LATEX: a short introduction to what is LATEX.
    • Why is LYX so special: a quick introduction to the main ideas behind LYX.
  • Let’s start to set up things
    • The graphical interface of LYX: menus, toolbars, keyboard shortcuts…
    • Building documents: how to use the program, define appendixes, the language, interact with other software, track changes, “branches,” master documents, etc..
  • Beyond the basic settings
    • Some commands: starting to use pure LATEX within LYX
    • LYX, OpenType and typography: all the typographical juggling you never knew you wanted to do.
    • Footnotes and endnotes: tips, tricks and everything else about the topic. And sidenotes, too.
    • Modules, local format and math macros: using all the power of LATEX, the LYX way.
    • Numbered lists: how to set up them.
    • About the Table of Contents and other indexes: some tips and tricks for this complex topic.
    • Headings: how to set up the headings of your document.
    • Headers and footers, and page styles: how to change the headers and footers of your documents, and how to define, and use, page styles.
    • Drop caps and similar topics: a bit of playful elegance.
    • Figures and other floats: how to set up floats, and create new ones.
    • Extras: miscellaneous topics, like how to describe keyboard shortcuts, use side captions in figures and tables, modify a module, add a new kind of float, coloured boxes. The chapter ends with a quick review of some of the many topics that were not discussed in the book.
  • Appendixes
    • All about typeface: the fonts used in the book and general considerations about typography.
    • Local layout: the local layout used in the book.
    • LATEX preamble: the preamble used in the book.
    • Other formats… and a greeting: miscellaneous details about the book formatting, plus a final word to the reader.